Venezuela-Africa Relations “Better than Ever”
By Rachel Boothroyd – Venezuelaanalysis. Liverpool, May 28th 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela’s Vice-minister for African Foreign Relations, Reinaldo Bolivar, has described relations between Africa and the South American nation as “better than ever” as the country’s capital took part in celebrations in aid of UNESCO’s seventh worldwide “Africa week”. The minister also announced that both the Republic of Congo and the Republic of Angola would soon be opening up embassies in the Venezuelan capital.
Speaking from the capital’s Plaza Bolivar where a wreath was laid in commemoration of international Africa Day, Bolivar expressed his desire to see this burgeoning relationship move into the development of a series of bilateral projects in areas such as mining, agriculture, art and technology.
“Today Venezuela-Africa relations are at their best point in the history of the Republic and without a doubt they will move into a higher stage where these relationships translate into mutual benefits for our people,” he said.
The minister went on to praise the celebrations as a huge success, achieved partially as a result of the growing relationship between Venezuela and African governments; a “connection” which Bolivar said has increased substantially since 2005.
“African presence and awareness relating to this continent are present in all sectors of the Venezuelan people and in all academic sectors of the country…the principal function of this celebration is to create awareness amongst all people,” he concluded.
The service in Plaza Bolivar was also attended by Algerian Ambassador, Rachid Bladehane, who thanked the Venezuelan government for its efforts to improve ties between Venezuelan and African peoples.
“We are really thankful because it is a great demonstration of affection and friendliness,” said Bladehane.
Events were held throughout the week in Caracas as part of the celebrations, including academic talks on African history and culture and African food, dance and art exhibitions. The weeklong event culminated in an African music concert in the public boulevard of Sabana Grande, Caracas.