Venezuela proposes to ensure that economic potentials serve the peoples


Caracas, 22 Dic. AVN.- Venezuela proposed Monday to the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) to ensure that the economic and financial potential of the nations that make up the regional bloc are at the service of the people and not transnational companies.

Speaking at the 49th Summit of Heads of State of Mercosur, held in Asuncion, Paraguay, Foreign Minister of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez called on countries included in the Common Market of the South to think about which economic model they want to build within the Southern region.

She also raised the need to strengthen and complement economies with the use of currencies of each country as well as boosting regional bodies such as the Bank of the South.

She also deemed it necessary to start coordinating macroeconomic policies and social programs of the region.

"It's about empowering the people. The political power in the hands of the people, who directly exercise that power (...) The complementarity of our economic, commercial, financial potentials at the service of our people, not transnational companies. Two models are present here," she explained.

She said the debacle of oil prices, among other aspects of the national and international economy, should not be used as an excuse for resorting to neoliberal models that have hurt people.

"We know what the outcome of neoliberalism was in our region: poverty and more poverty. They submitted the people to precarious social and economic conditions," said Rodriguez, who reiterated that Venezuela will continue to ensure basic human rights, as it has indeed in the last 17 years.

"Let's talk about human rights, real and true human rights of our people. We are ready to enter into talks. We are here with sincerity and frankness willing to do it," added the Foreign Minister.

On behalf of President Nicolas Maduro, she expressed his solidarity and support to the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of having committed alleged tax irregularities.

"I convey President Nicolas Maduro's affection to you and all your colleagues here," she said at the Mercosur meeting.

The 49th Summit of Heads of State of the Mercosur countries began Monday morning in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The host president of the event, Horacio Cartes, welcomed his counterparts from Brazil, Dilma Rousseff; Uruguay's Tabare Vazquez; Argentina's Mauricio Macri; Bolivia's Evo Morales (acceding country) and Chile's Michelle Bachelet, as an associate country of the block. Venezuela is represented by foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez.

Amid the turbulence in international markets, the collapse of oil prices and the downward trend of growth in the region this year, the economic issue focuses the agenda of the summit.

The meetings on the eve of this summit started last December 17 with the participation of social organizations, who discussed advances and challenges of public policies related to economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.

Mercosur was created in March 1991 when Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay joined to form a block of regional integration to foster a common economic space.

In 2012, Venezuela became a full member with the proposal to build a social Mercosur, with a development approach comprising the inclusion of peoples.

22/12/2015 - 01:34 pm