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Venezuela: policies for the country and its development

From democratisation, education and free health care to poverty or the development of Latin America under left-wing policies: these are some of the themes that will be discussed during a conference that focuses on the present and future of Venezuela and, equally, Latin America.


The conference, titled ‘Venezuela: Showing There is An Alternative in the 21st Century’, places emphasis on the necessity of social policies in the context of a global economic crisis and uses the development of countries in South America as an example.

Over the last few years, Venezuela has unveiled different policies, aimed towards achieving economic, social, political and cultural equality throughout the region. In fact, it has made itself the fifth country to recognise the right to food in its legislature, as noted by the United Nations World Food Programme.

For Jesús Farías, Member of the National Assembly, the policies which have been driven by the Venzuelan President Hugo Chávez up until now, have translated into ‘economic growth’ in Bolivian territory, while capitalist economies suffer a ‘colossal crisis’.

In fact, one of the themes of the conference is the development of current and future experimentation with left-wing policies in Latin America, across different countries.

The rights of the workers; women as drivers of progress; the importance of a health service and free education for citizens and for development, and the evolution until towards equality, are other themes that will be debated and analysed.

The conference’s motto is ‘Yes to social and democratic progress!’ and different speakers will participate, including: Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan ambassador and former Minister for Education, Ana Albán Mora, Ecuadorian Ambassador, Jody McIntyre, journalist and activist, Richard Gott, author of ‘Hugo Chávez and the Bolivian Revilution’, among other experts.

The event will take place on 27th April at the University of London Union.

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(Translated by Daniela Fetta)

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