Cuba hosts regional bloc meeting

2013-05-10 00:09:25 GMT2013-05-10 08:09:25(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HAVANA, May 9 (Xinhua) -- The 5th meeting of national coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a regional bloc, opened in Havana, Cuba, Thursday.

Cuba holds the rotating presidency of the regional bloc for the year of 2013.

At the opening ceremony at Havana's Convention Palace, Cuban Vice Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno said the two-day meeting of the national coordinators was designed to promote measures that will help to "consolidate CELAC as a more efficient group."

At the meeting, national coordinators from CELAC's 33 member states were expected to review a series of reports by the bloc's former presidency, as well as a report from Cuba on its work since it assumed leadership of the regional bloc in January. The participants would also discuss and approve the CELAC's 2013 Action Plan and a events schedule.

CELAC, which consists of 33 sovereign countries in Americas, with the absence of Canada and the United States, was founded in December 2011 in Caracas, Venezuela, to promote comprehensive regional integration within the Americas in political, economic, social and cultural spheres.

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