Venezuela participates in the 23rd Intersessional Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the ACS

This Friday, Venezuela participated in the celebration of the 23rd Intersessional Preparatory Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), which brought together the 25 Member States of the Association, as well as Associate Members and Observers, in order to advance preparations for the 26th Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers to be held in 2021.

Headed by the Dominican Republic, which holds the pro tempore presidency of the ACS, the meeting made it possible to follow up on the actions undertaken by the Association during the last year within the framework of the Managua 2019-2021 Action Plan, as well as the initiatives undertaken since the second quarter of 2020 to face the scourge of COVID-19 in the Caribbean region, in favor of the recovery of economic sectors such as tourism, maritime transport and trade.

In this regard, the Guatemalan delegation, in its role as president of the Special Committee for Cooperation and Mobilization of Resources, highlighted the participation of Banco del Alba in the IV Cooperation Conference, in which Banalba was recognized as a potential contributor to the projects executed by the AEC, as well as the work that the financial institution has carried out to compensate the economic and social effects of the pandemic in the ALBA-TCP member countries.

Likewise, the meeting allowed to offer a warm farewell to the outgoing Secretary General, June Sommer, of Saint Lucian nationality, who hands over the leadership of the Association to the Panamanian, Rodolfo Sabogne, for the next four-year period.

The Member States thanked the Secretary General for the work during her tenure, by contributing to the revitalization of the ACS, paving the way for the effective functioning of the Association in the tasks that will be undertaken by the new management. Finally, the delegations agreed to hold the 26th Ordinary Meeting of the ACS Council of Ministers and the V Cooperation Conference, in June 2021, at which time the Dominican Republic will hand over the pro tempore presidency.

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