OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Today at 9:00 am, with an official welcome to attending authorities, will begin the Havana Extraordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) on Ebola, to be attended by nine member delegations from Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Santa Lucia. Additionally participating will be Grenada, as well as St. Kitts and Nevis, countries whose incorporation into the alliance has been approved. Likewise, a delegation from Haiti will attend as a permanent invited participant of ALBA-TCP. Three representatives from international organizations will also participate, from the United Nations, the Pan American Health Organization and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The meeting was organized based on the alliance’s fundamental principles which include an emphasis on the struggle against poverty and social exclusion, as well as attention to global challenges, which, in this case, includes the current Ebola epidemic which has erupted in West Africa. The Summit has as its objectives the development of a common response on the part of ALBA-TCP to the call by UN Secretary General for a united effort to confront the dangerous disease.