ALBA-TCP countries appoint Jorge Arreaza as new Executive Secretary

The authorities of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) have officially announced – through a communiqué – the appointment of Venezuelan diplomat Jorge Arreaza as the new Executive Secretary.

Arreaza succeeds Félix Plasencia, appointed to the Secretariat in December 2022, when he replaced the Bolivian Sacha Llorenti, who was appointed in December 2020.

According to the communiqué, the new secretary has been entrusted with the task of developing an urgent and challenging work plan, the ALBA-TCP 2030 Strategic Agenda, aimed at giving an extraordinary drive to the process of comprehensive consolidation of the Alliance in the coming years.

It also states that Arreaza will be responsible for coordinating actions to reactivate the region’s cooperation structure by promoting trade exchange and the development of the logistics chain; expanding air and maritime connectivity; fostering the expansion of social inclusion programs; increasing the membership, capital assets and credit capacity of the Bank of ALBA; reactivating PetroCaribe and promoting its convergence with other regional cooperation mechanisms for development

ALBA-TCP is a historical and unprecedented Latin American and Caribbean integration platform, founded on December 14, 2004, as an alternative to the defunct FTAA, focused on the social dimension, which takes the human being at the core and epicenter of integration and union, based on the principles of solidarity, complementarity, justice and cooperation, joining the capacities and strengths of its member countries.

Currently, its members are the following countries of Latin America and the Caribbean: Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Jorge Arreaza has a vast experience in high responsibility positions in the Venezuelan Government, having served as Executive Vice President, sectorial Vice President for Social Development and Revolution of the Missions and head of the Ministries for Science and Technology, Higher Education, Ecological Mining Development, Foreign Affairs, and Communes and Social Movements, among others.

The new ALBA-TCP Executive Secretary is Bachelor in International Studies from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), with a major in Social Policy (Development Studies Center – CENDES in Spanish), and a Master in European Studies from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.