Caracas, January 24, 2023 (Presidential Press Office) – On Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro proposed the creation of the General Secretariat of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), whose 7th Summit of Heads of State and Government took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to promote the full articulation of the 33 Member States.
The proposal, aimed at consolidating “an organizational architecture of its own” similar to the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU), is based on the need to have “an organization that articulates all the initiatives of our countries daily, 365 days a year”.
While reiterating that “our organization must discuss and decide in due time the creation of a powerful General Secretariat,” the national leader pointed out that the organization must play with dignity its role as an articulating entity for the integral development of CELAC.
“A powerful General Secretariat of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, an organization that truly occupies the need to articulate ourselves more and more with dignity,” he added to ratify the proposal presented in private conversations to his counterpart from Argentina, Alberto Fernandez.
On behalf of Venezuela, the Head of State pointed out that it is necessary to resume the dynamics “that managed to bring positions, common public policies and common learning” closer to CELAC and therefore advocated for the reactivation of the Councils of Ministers.
“It is necessary to take again the Councils of Ministers functioning by area: The Council of Ministers of Defense for a common defense strategy, a geopolitical strategy; the Council of Ministers of Health, the Councils of Ministers of Education, Culture or Economy,” he stressed.
In this sense, he stressed that -during the first stage of CELAC- the Councils of Ministers represented “a great strength and a real presence in the life of our governments, our States, and our countries.”
Through his audiovisual message, President Nicolas Maduro called for better times for CELAC with “a new rhythm of greater depth, of greater depth in the articulation of peoples, States, and Governments.”
“Rest assured that Venezuela, the Bolivarian Venezuela, our beloved Republic, will always be at the forefront of these processes,” he emphasized.
Bases for union
On the other hand, the Dignitary stressed that “the time has come for CELAC to begin to build itself from within” with a clear vision “of what the future of our countries should be and the need to lay solid foundations for the construction of the union.”
He indicated that unity among CELAC countries will be the key to consolidating a new model of society “in this rebellious, Caribbean, multiracial and beautiful Latin America.”
“Union for liberation, that is the call from Bolivarian Venezuela to our brothers and sisters of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.