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Petrocaribe Ministerial Council Meets in Haiti

Port au Prince, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) The Council of Ministers managing the Petrocaribe energy agreement are holding a two day meeting starting today in Haiti, the eleventh of its kind, focused on development strategies in the Economic Zone itself.

According to the organizers of the event, important decisions made last June in Nicaragua at the Eighth Summit of Heads of State and Government within the group are to be implemented.

At that summit it was agreed that Petrocaribe funds would be invested in areas that include maritime and air transport, telecommunications, manufacturing, tourism, commerce and culture. In the social area, three plans were defined: to eradicate iliteracy and improve educational and cultural instruction, expand Operation Miracle, designed to assist with vision problems, and promote food programs.

“We are proud to be actors in and witnesses to the birth of this new mechanism for regional solidarity, and we support economic growth and job creation,” said Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

Petrocaribe members include: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Venezuela.

According to its members, the group is based on respect, complementarity, equity and fair financing with equal benefits for all.

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