ALBA celebrates 8th Anniversary
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro presided over the key ceremony
Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro presided over the principal ceremony, as part of the commemoration of the eight anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America – Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-PTA), held on Saturday evening at Bolívar Square, downtown Caracas.
Bolivian President Evo Morales; Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer; Primer Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit; Vice-President of the Cuban Ministerial Council, Miguel Díaz Canel; Nicaragua's Government Minister Ana Morales, and ex Honduran President Manuel Zelaya showed up for the occasion.
The audience included members of the Venezuelan Executive Cabinet, local authorities and representatives of the public branches. Historian and University Professor Vladimir Acosta started the presentations, state-run news agency AVN reported.
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.