The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) is an integration platform for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. It puts emphasis on solidarity, complementarity, justice and cooperation, which has the historical and fundamental purpose to join the capacities and strengths of the countries comprising it, in a view to producing the structural transformations and the relations system necessary to achieve the integral development, required for the continuity of our existence as sovereign and just nations. Additionally, it is a political, economic, and social alliance in defense of the independence, self-determination and the identity of the peoples comprising it.
Integration is for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, an indispensable condition to aspire to development in the middle of the increasing formation of huge regional blocs that occupy predominant positions in the world economy.
The cardinal principle that governs the ALBA is widest solidarity between the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, as upheld by Bolivar, Martí, Sucre, O'Higgins, St Martin, Nobleman, Petion, Morazán, Sandino and so many other national heroes, without selfish nationalism or restrictive national policies that reject the objective of constructing a Big Homeland in Latin America, according to the dreams of the heroes of our emancipating fights.
ALBA does not harbor commercial criteria or selfish interests related to business profits or national benefit to the detriment of other peoples. It seeks to rely on a wide latinoamericanist vision that recognizes the fact that it is impossible for our countries to develop and be really independent in isolation, being capable of achieving what Bolivar called " … see the biggest nation of the world emerge in America, not less for its extension and wealth, but for its freedom and glory ", and what Martí would conceive as " Our America ", to separate it from the other America, which is expansionist, and driven by imperial appetites.
The countries that currently comprise the ALBA-TCP are: Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Santa Lucia.