The presidents of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, and Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, have signed 16 new agreements for cooperation. The themes incorporated in the agreements are energy, infrastructure, trade, tourism, health and nutrition.
The leaders signed the agreements after a bilateral meeting held in the city of Cartagena, on the Colombian Pacific coast.
After the meeting, Santos said that it was a productive session. He also said that they had agreed to meet in July to review progress of the projects. “After this meeting the relations between the two countries have been strengthened.”
The Venezuelan president also expressed his satisfaction with the agreements and said that now “the challenge is to implement them.”
Among the agreements there are infrastructure projects, such as the development of pipelines and highways linking the two countries.
On a commercial level, the debt of the Venezuelan importers was agreed to paid to the Colombian exporters.
Also, agreements on tourism were signed, which is something that both countries want to encourage.
There was a very important agreement regarding the fight against drug trafficking.
In health, the two nations are planning to create a joint venture of generics.
They also signed agreements on border development projects that promote good relations in the border zones, historically an area of tension between the two countries.
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of AMARC-ALC.