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Suriname and St Lucia to join ALBA


Suriname and St Lucia, two CARICOM member states, have announced their intention to join ALBA.{{more}}

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement last Tuesday, February 7, during a press conference.

Those two nations will now join this country, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas, or ALBA arrangement, the prime minister noted.

Also coming out of the 11th meeting of ALBA member states, which took place over the weekend of February 4 and 5, was the announcement that a special mechanism has been set up to accept Haiti as a permanent special guest member of ALBA.

Gonsalves said during the press conference that he knew of other heads of states and, in some instances, opposition political parties who were already expressing an interest in joining ALBA.

“Of course we know in St Vincent and the Grenadines that the opposition has already indicated that it will leave Petro Caribe and ALBA, while other countries in the Caribbean are lining up to enter and the reason is because it is beneficial,” Gonsalves said. (DD)