International political analysts doubt Bolivia’s participation in the XX. Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America People’s Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) as a mechanism for failed economies and as a haven for full dictatorships that support one another.
ALBA is a mechanism for South-South cooperation between scattered countries united by their ideological affinities and dependencies on Cuba and Venezuela, to which Bolivia belongs. For Bolivian society in general, however, it does not bring any concrete benefits, according to analysts.
“ALBA has become a meeting of dictatorships. They are the last dictatorships in the region to form a political advice and collective action and alleged trade organization, but it turns out that they are all about failed economies, that is, here is the problem that interests Bolivia , apart from the ideological and political question? ”asked the former Bolivian ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Jaime Aparicio. International relations expert Álvaro del Pozo said in turn that “Bolivia’s foreign policy is not on the right track and that relations are being overly ideologized.”
“In terms of the benefit to the country with diplomatic relations based on ideological community, they are negligible. In this case, the ALBA Group has not proven to be a scenario that offers opportunities for the interests of our state, ”he says.
On the bad way
Aparicio points out that their foreign policy has no logical meaning and shows that the government is not at all interested in solving the problems, but continues to focus only on political-ideological aspects that do not serve the country.
“We are approaching governments that have been shown and blatantly destroyed their economies and become full dictatorships, such as Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, the three full dictatorships in the region, internationally condemned and indicted in the International Criminal Court,” he said.
He added that it was logical to approach the Pacific countries, the major international markets.
“They (the government) are marching towards an economic and political model similar to those of these countries (Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua) because they have seen that these dictatorships survive despite international condemnation and were sustained on the basis of violence.” So everything indicates that Bolivia is taking this path and unfortunately the only reason for its participation (in ALBA) is of a political and ideological nature ”.
Del Pozo points out that throughout the MAS administration there has always been a notorious and excessive ideologization in spaces from which “we will not receive rewards or cooperative markets”.
ALBA partner asked
Two partners of Bolivia are the Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, who are being questioned for fraudulent and violent seizure of power.
Maduro is collecting cases of corruption, millionaire bribery and crimes against humanity in the International Criminal Court and a $ 15 million reward for his head offered by the US judiciary.
The other partner is Ortega, who came back to power through an electoral farce hatched by himself and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo.
Ortega was elected President for the first time in 1985 with the support of Business Class and was re-elected four times in a row in 2007, 2012 and 2021.