Costa Rica News – The foreign ministers of China, Wang Yi, and Costa Rica, Manuel González Sanz, will co-chair the first ministerial forum China-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) which will be held on 8 and 9 January, it was reported in this capital.
A statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that the January 7 will be an appointment of coordinators, to put the finishing touches to this appointment, whose opening in Beijing attended by President Xi Jinping.
It also announced the participation in this first ministerial meeting of the Heads of State of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis of Ecuador Rafael Correa and Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro, besides the premier Bahamas, Perry Christie.
These three states, along with Cuba, part of the Quartet of CELAC, which are representatives of the past (Cuba), present (Costa Rica) and future country (Ecuador) leading countries of the regional body. The fourth position corresponds to a delegate of the Anglophone Caribbean, which rotates every six months.
Created in December 2011 in Caracas, Venezuela, CELAC includes all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, except the United States and Canada.
At this first meeting at the level of foreign ministers, participants will discuss the main guidelines of cooperation, the key areas of cooperation and issues related institution building.
China is willing to hold that dialogue with other Latin American organizations to build a network that allows both parties supplemented their progress, told reporters Ministry spokeswoman Hua Foreign Chunying.
The China-CELAC Forum was approved by the Summit of the Latin-Caribbean organization held in Havana in January 2014 and aims to exchange and dialogue in politics, economy, trade and culture.