by Vina Frederick, GIS
The multi-island delegation will get first hand insight into the workings and benefits of Petro Caribe and ALBA
Fourteen OECS journalists from both state-owned and private media traveled to Venezuela as part of an International Media Visit, an initiative of the Venezuelan government to sensitize media personnel about Venezuela, the operations of Petrocaribe, and The Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America – People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP).
The delegation, from Antigua and Barbuda; Grenada; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, will travel to Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), where they will meet with Petrocaribe’s Asdrúbal Chávez and Bernardo Álvarez, as well as Marcelo Resende, a representative from the Food and Agriculture Organization. That visit will be followed by a meeting with the work teams of PDV Caribe.
The journalists are also expected to fly to Puerto La Cruz where they will visit the Petrochemical factory and will receive an in-depth introduction into the operations of the Petroleum Industry in Venezuela. They will subsequently meet with Eleazar Díaz Rangel, Director of the newspaper Últimas Noticias.
As part of the trip, there will be several historical site visits, which include a tour of Caracas and the historical museum of Elías Eljuri, President of the National Institute of Statistics.
PDVSA representatives hope the information exchanged will dispel misconceptions about PDVSA and the ability of the Venezuelan government to fulfill agreements with the various members of ALBA-TCP.
The trip began on May 25and culminates on May 28, 2014.