A series of conferences organized by the embassies of Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador in London analyses the lives and works of great Latin American heroes.
It was on the 14th of December,2004 that Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro officially created the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) in Havana.
In a clear response to the United States-led Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), ALBA was intended from the outset to fight against poverty and social exclusion based on the ideas of the Latin American and Caribbean left.
The project for political, social and economic collaboration and partnership sought to reconcile imbalances between countries by creating mechanisms that exploit the cooperative advantages between the different partner nations: all of this via the Peoples’ Trade Agreement (TCP).
In this way, these two founder members were joined by Ecuador, Bolivia, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Granada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. But the project has gone further and in England thanks to the organisational efforts of the embassies of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela a series of talks has been arranged to discuss the lives and legacies of a series of leaders and dignitaries of these countries.
ALBA Conferences, the name given to the series, have scheduled different topics for discussion.
The first edition was held on the 18th of May, had Cuba and Nicaragua as its central theme and was entitled “From Martí to Sandino”. The second edition revolved around Bolivia and was called “Tupac Amaru to ALBA“.
Finally, organised by Venezuela and Ecuador for the 31st of May, the talk “From Simón Rodríguez to José Peralta” will be held.
Dates: the 18th , 24th and 31st of May, at 6:00 pm. Place: Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way. London W1T 5DL. For more information and for registrations enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Translated by Nigel Conibear – Diptrans IoLET MCIL – email@example.com)