Foreign Ministry

The yearning for a stronger integration, repeated in many previous meetings of Latin American and Caribbean leaders, again dealt with at this Summit, along with climate change and energy, food and financial crises. The meeting will bring together about thirty heads of State and Government of the 33 invited countries, according to the Foreign Ministry of Brazil, whose President and host, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will receive to leaders in Costa do Sauipe, a spa located 76 kilometres from the city of Salvador, in the State of Bahia. The Government of Brazil defines the CALC as the first opportunity that the leaders of both regions will have to converse without guardianships and for discuss with their own agendas and perspectives. The dialogue between the heads of State and Government in the CALC is an opportunity unprecedented advance in the common agenda from a perspective, according to Brazilian Foreign Minister so far is confirmed the absence of the heads of State of Peru, Colombia, El Salvador and Costa Rica. In the framework of the meeting will be also held other three summits: MERCOSUR, Unasur and the Rio Group appointment is in Sauipe Coast, a resort located 76 kilometers from Salvador, capital of Bahia State, have been invited the leaders of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa RicCuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana and Haiti.

The I Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean (CALC) was born on December 16, as a possible project for consultation between mechanisms integrators in the region, without the tutelage of extra-regional powers. The dignitaries arrive at this Spa of the northeast of Brazil, summoned by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with the explicit purpose of promoting coordination between Nations, with greater knowledge based on the principle of solidarity and cooperation and mutual. As narrated, the international financial crisis has hit the economies of the region by the shortage of credit in the market and the fall of the prices of the raw materials, of which are major producers.