Almost a decade and a half after its creation, the ALBA-TCP exhibits great achievements reached through the commonwealth of the governments of the region.
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Latin America and the Caribbean (ALBA) was created in Havana, Cuba, on December 14, 2004 with the objective of establishing links between progressive governments for solidarity and non-competitive purposes.
It was promoted by Cuba and Venezuela in counterpart of the body promoted by the United States called the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). It focused its efforts on the fight against free trade and investment instead of helping the most disadvantaged peoples.
Most notable achievements
1- The member countries of ALBA, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Grenada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam and Venezuela carry out projects that benefit their inhabitants.
2- Creation of channels to ensure member countries food security, self-sufficiency, production and distribution of food.
3- Has created public spaces for culture and art; protection and defense of peoples and nature; as well as the promotion of the diversity of the different cultures.
4- The ALBA Bank, the Regional Compensation System of Sucre Payments, and a productive fragmentation were formed.
5 – Sucres large transactions were reached (1,300 million) which translates into more than two million dollars.
6- To date, more than 3,815,092 have been taught to read and write, more than 21,075 Community Integral Doctors from 123 countries have graduated, and more than 8,000 belong to ALBA member countries.
7- The integration mechanism has allowed the Latin American School of Medicine “Salvador Allende” – ELAM Venezuela, ELAM Cuba and the University of Health Sciences of ALBA- TCP.
8- The agency has provided attention and social assistance to 7.4 million of people.
9 – From the regional integration was born the so-called Mission Miracle in countries such as Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, through which some eight million people have received free visual surgery.
Translated by JRE