December 16/17: LATAM and Caribbean summit in Salvador

For the first time ever, the heads of state and government of Latin America and the Caribbean will gather for a summit meeting Dec. 16 and 17 in Salvador, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, in a new attempt to further regional integration, at present fragmented in several subregional blocs. The meeting will be “unprecedented,” as the heads of the 33 countries in the region have previously come together only when convened by an external entity, such as the European Union, said Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim at a press conference Monday, following a meeting of foreign ministers to prepare for the summit. Integration and development will be the central themes, but the agenda will be “broad,” so that the top authorities can discuss what they regard as the most pressing issues, from trade and financial and agricultural cooperation, to racism against migrants and natural disasters, he said. More informations here.

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