Latin America, Multiculture

ALBA and the future of regional integration

Since its formation in 2004, ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas) has evolved significantly. Seven years on, the initiative has grown to include nine Latin American member countries from the Andean and Caribbean region.

‘ALBA and the Future of Regional Integration’ is a one-day conference organised by London Metropolitan University, due to be held on Saturday 29th January. The conference will bring together leading academics to examine, evaluate and discuss the current impact of the ALBA initiative and its significance in the coming decade.

ALBA was born out of an initiative pioneered by Venezuela and Cuba who sought to establish an organisation for international cooperation rooted in the social, political and economic integration of Latin American and Caribbean countries. As a result, the Latin American initiative was based on the principles of solidarity, equality and social justice. 

It set out to establish an alternative to those untrustworthy and exploitative trade treaties which had formerly governed some areas of Latin America.  Some of these trade treaties are still in force to this day. The event will bring together academics from universities of numerous countries including Cuba, Turkey, Venezuela, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom Entry to the conference is free, but pre-registration by email is essential.  Registration will begin at 9am, with the day’s events set to commence at 10am.

Details: Pre-registration: s.wilkinson@londonmet.ac.uk. Location: Room T11-03, Tower Building, London Metropolitan University, 166-120 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB.

(Translated by Emma Hartgen – Email: emma.hartgen@googlemail.com)

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