Bolivia, Venezuela with Projects for Peoples Independence

Bolivia, Venezuela with Projects for Peoples IndependenceCochabamba, Bolivia, Apr 1. -The strategy to strengthen the people's independence highlights Friday as a result of the work of the First Bolivia-Venezuela Joint Integration Commission.

The event, led by Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, analyzed different projects, above all in mining, food production, anti-drug struggle, education and hydrocarbons.

According to Chavez, the efforts by eight work sessions, made up of ministers from the two sides, strengthened the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which is the way to peace, unity and liberation.

The statesman also recalled the importance to strengthen the role played by social movements to face what he called an imperial madness, alluding the U.S.-NATO military aggression against Libya.

Chavez insisted in the need to work to create an integrated economic area aimed at developing a fair trade.

On the other hand, Evo Morales recalled the anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist nature of the integration with Caracas and other ALBA countries, which hurts their opponents.

The Bolivian president also explained the need to continue listening to the people without stopping, the same way as Chavez and the founder of that unity mechanism, the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro, do.

Morales also talked of Caracas initiatives to support Bolivia in the production of stevia, a South American plant that contains high sugar levels, and lithium batteries, a chemical element of great reserves in Salar de Uyuni, in Potosi.

The Venezuelan head of State concluded in this capital a less 24-hour visit to Bolivia, as part of a tour that took him to Argentina and Uruguay, and will conclude today in Colombia. (Prensa Latina)