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ECLAC executive secretary recognizes Cuba’s leadership during its term as pro-tempore president of the body

Alicia-BárcenasCuba, with a delegation led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel, will participate today, through the 28th, in the 38th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), held for the first time online, due to the current health emergency, according to the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s website.

Díaz-Canel will formally present the pro tempore Presidency of ECLAC to the government of Costa Rica, completing Cuba’s two-year term in the position, which began in May of 2018, when the 37th Session took place in Havana.

In an analysis of Cuba’s work, Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC executive secretary recognized our country’s leadership during its term as pro-tempore president of the body, characterized by “commitment and conviction.”

She noted that Cuba’s work “has been exceptional, excellent, fulfilling this responsibility within the framework of the pandemic, demonstrating immediate response capacity,” while highlighting Cuba’s solidarity, as well as the country’s emphasis on multilateralism as a key tool in promoting equitable sustainable development.

“We will miss Cuba’s leadership, but not Cuba, because despite the fact that it is relinquishing the presidency, it will continue, I am sure, to play a very active and very important role,” she said, according to Prensa Latina.

The agenda for these sessions includes a dialogue between foreign ministers, to address economic recovery post-COVID-19 and a Political Declaration, reported Costa Rican Deputy Chancellor Christian Guillermet, as well as a meeting of the South-South Cooperation Committee and a specific event to will address the challenges of the Caribbean, in addition to important parallel events on Afro-descendants, older adults, human rights and social protection.

(Taken from Granma)

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