The Summit of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), held on January 7 in Argentina, elected that country as pro tempore president of the body for 2022.
Neglected by the hegemonic media, good news, given the vision of unity of the Great Homeland of the government of Buenos Aires. An opportune moment to underline the valuable work of the Mexican presidency, since Celac was dying at the moment when the newly elected government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to its rescue. An avalanche of right-wing regimes had changed the correlation of forces existing in our region in the brilliant decade that began with the presidency of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.
Washington and the right wing did it through soft coups, lawfare, and fierce media campaigns; they also took advantage of the errors of progressive governments. But the management of Mexico, in the dramatic circumstance of the pandemic, managed to revive the integrationist entity, whose virtue, from the outset, is not to include the United States or Canada and to group all the states of the region regardless of their ideological sign. Mexico, among other achievements, managed to join efforts to combat covid-19 in the region and provide it with vaccines, recover Celac’s dialogue with China and the European Union, as well as the creation of a Latin American and Caribbean space agency.
This was recognized by the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, and several of the participating foreign ministers, among them the head of Cuban diplomacy Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, who highlighted “the commendable management carried out by fraternal Mexico, during these almost two years of presidency pro tempore, to revitalize ”Celac and the successful celebration in that country of the sixth Summit of Heads of State and Government.
Looking South is moderately optimistic. There is much to do. But when governments arrive – dissimilar, although in the end of popular orientation – to Peru, Honduras and Chile and the very possible victory this year of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil and Gustavo Petro in Colombia is drawn, a Celac could be expected more strengthened.