ALBA Becomes a Platform of Power
Re-baptized as Alliance, the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) enters a new stage Thursday, with an improved organic structure.
The now nine-member integration mechanism created its political, economic, and social councils at an extraordinary summit yesterday in the Venezuelan state of Maracay, and has begun preparations to establish a permanent secretariat.Referring to the new name, President Hugo Chavez clarified it is not a semantic change, but one of "codes, meaning, as ALBA is no longer a theoretical proposal but a territorial political and geopolitical platform, a platform of power."
The summit's resolution conveys the consolidation of the group as a political, economic and social alliance in defense of the independence, self-determination, identity, and interests of the peoples in front of attempts to subjugate them.
Starting from this 6th Summit ALBA will be called the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America or "The People's Trade Agreement" (ALBA or TCP in Spanish), a sign of its growth and strength.