LA PAZ – The central Bolivian city of Cochabamba will host in November the 3rd Abya Yala Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Tuesday.
The purpose of the event is “to promote the communication processes of indigenous communities and nations” in the Americas, in order to build a “continental media system that fosters dialogue, exchanges of ideas, unity and alliances” with a focus on integration, Morales told a press conference in La Paz.
The summit also seeks to strengthen the Indians’ “own types of communications” so they feel free and independent, he said.
The event next Nov. 15-19 will be organized by the so-called “Unity Pact,” an umbrella group of peasant, Indian and coca-producing associations allied to the Morales government.
The first such summit was held in Colombia in 2010 and the second in Mexico in 2013.
According to the Bolivian president, 18 countries have confirmed their delegations’ attendance up to now, mostly from the Americas, though Europe will be represented by delegates from Germany and Spain.
Morales noted that communication among Indians is “by word of mouth,” which, he believes, “is more effective and gets better results” than other forms of communication.
“Faced with all those social networks, it is our obligation to strengthen our systems of communication that are so authentic, so natural, and that have been ours for so many years,” he said.
He admitted, however, that Indians will have to learn to combine traditional communication systems with modern media “for the good of our communities.”