Sergio Paneque

Sergio Paneque

Cuban VP thanks Jamaica for hospitality

The Vice President of the State Council Salvador Valdes Mesa, who headed the Cuban delegation to the 10th Summit of Petrocaribe, thanked the hospitality the delegation of the island received in Jamaica.

Thanks, Jamaica, for hosting us with the same hospitality with which you welcomed Simon Bolivar, Jose Marti and Antonio Maceo, Valdes Mesa said during the meeting of Petrocaribe.

Valdes stated that the founding initiative of Petrocaribe by President Hugo Chavez and other leaders in the region 10 years ago has been consolidated and there are already 19 countries that are part of this model of solidarity and integration.

He emphasized that if all nations do the same that Venezuela with such mechanisms, we would live in a better world.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said that Petrocaribe is part of a historical essay, while acknowledging the efforts of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, and Fidel Castro in the consolidation of the regional bloc.

Maduro proposed a special action plan for the next 10 years which includes the consolidation of a special economic zone to meet the demands of the Caribbean people.

Another proposal of the Latin American president was the consolidation of the comprehensive energy security, sovereignty and stability of peoples through the creation of a complete, productive and distributive chain to ensure the safe and timely supply to countries in the region.

He also suggested the creation of a social system of comprehensive protection of the Caribbean supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in order to eradicate hunger and the creation of a system of protection against natural disasters in the Caribbean, which would be led by Cuba and Venezuela.

Petrocaribe is an energy cooperation project, based on the principles of fair trade, complementarity, solidarity, social justice and the common will to face asymmetries, serving as a real alternative for the developing countries of the Caribbean to have a safe and reliable access to various energy sources.

Besides Venezuela, main promoter of the project, this integration entity is made up by Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.

The Cuban delegation attending the events for the 200th anniversary of the Charter of Jamaica, written by Simon Bolivar, is also made up by Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and Alfredo Lopez Valdes, ministers of Foreign Affairs and Energy and Mines respectively ; Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, and Bernardo Guanche Hernandez, Ambassador of Cuba in Jamaica.

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Cuban President sends congratulations to Women Federation

Cuban President Raul Castro sent warm congratulations to the Cuban Women´s Federation on its 55 anniversary, an organization set up on August 23rd 1960 by Fidel Castro and Vilma Espin.

Espin headed the women´s organization during the past 50 years and she was a pioneer of the defense of women´s rights. Vilma is warmly recalled by all Cubans, both as a rebel combatant and as the leader of the women´s federation.

Federation general secretary Teresa Amarelle read Raul´s message during a national meeting at the monument of Rosa Castellanos, known as La Bayamesa, a nurse, combatant and captain of the liberation army that fought the Spanish colonizers.

Referring to the Cuban women participation in society, Olga Lidia Tapia, member of the Secretariat of the Cuban Communist Party said that women make up 48 percent of all employees in the state sector, 66 percent of all technicians and professionals and 53 percent of all workers in the scientific area.

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Cuba-Caribbean business forum in Santiago de Cuba

Representatives of 10 Caribbean countries will meet in eastern Santiago de Cuba city July 16 and 17 for the Cuba-Caribbean Business Forum.

The forum will be attended by ministers of Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, and the presidents of the chambers of commerce of Grenada and the Bahamas.

Trinidad Tobago, Barbados and the Caribbean Communities will have their delegates at the meeting along with directives from the Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Ministry, the Chamber of Commerce and other institutions, according to the event´s organizing committee.

The forum will include presentations of business and trade opportunities in the region by Caribbean Export promotion organization and about business opportunities in Santiago de Cuba.

The entrepreneurial meet will take place amidst preparations for the 500 anniversary of the founding of Santiago de Cuba city.

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CUBA: Cuba to expand health and medical health tourism

Cuba plans to expand services on medical and health tourism to compete with other countries in the region.

The Cira Garcia health centre in Havana is expanding in size and patient capacity. It set up in the 1980s to offer health services to overseas country diplomats and their families. In the 1990s it expanded into treating foreign residents living in Cuba and medical tourists. The centre offers services in all clinical and surgical specialties, plus paediatrics and gynaecology.

In Cuba healthcare is free to all citizens and the country has spend much time and money educating doctors. The country relies on medical tourism to gain extra income.

While it is not legal for Americans to go to Cuba as medical tourists, it is legal in Cuba for clinics to deal with Americans; so some Americans either ignore the ban and hope to avoid the fines, or travel from Canada or Mexico.  Cuba also gets medical tourists from many Central and South American countries.

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