BAVARO, Dominican Republic – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) foreign ministers are gathering in Bavaro, a city in the eastern Dominican Republic, for the regional group’s 5th Summit of Heads of State and Government.
Among the first to arrive were Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga and his counterparts from Nicaragua, Denis Moncada, and El Salvador, Hugo Martinez, whose country will assume CELAC’s pro tempore presidency at the end of the summit.
On Tuesday, the officials will attend the 13th CELAC Foreign Ministers Meeting, which will be followed by the opening of the 5th CELAC Summit by Dominican President Danilo Medina.
Cuba’s Raul Castro; Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto; Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro; Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos; Bolivia’s Evo Morales; Ecuador’s Rafael Correa; and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega are among the presidents scheduled to attend the summit, Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas said.
Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren; Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela; Haitian President Jocelerme Privert; the president of Dominica, Charles Savarin; and Guyanese President David Granger are also expected to attend.
The prime ministers of Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda, along with the vice presidents of Uruguay, Costa Rica and Honduras, complete the list of high-level participants at the summit.
CELAC’s members are Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Dominica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Grenada; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; St. Lucia; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Uruguay; and Venezuela.
The summit is expected to issue the “Punta Cana Declaration” and a total of 20 agreements in areas of common interest, including food security, migration, development, drugs, nuclear disarmament and development funding, are expected to be signed.