Cuba and Indonesia commit to mutually increase business

Fraternity and mutual support have always been premises in the dialogue and exchange between Cuba and Indonesia, two sister nations that celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations this January.

One of the most important bets for the future is the expansion of economic-commercial ties, according to Mr. N. Purniawan, deputy director for Latin America and the Caribbean, of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who visited the island in 2019.

The official explained to Businesses in Cuba that in November two delegations from his country came to Havana, one from the Foreign Ministry and another from the Chamber of Commerce, which held meetings with their Cuban counterparts and with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Foreign Investment, exploring new commercial possibilities.

Cuba needs investors, so we are here looking for business opportunities, and I think that from this visit there will be an increase, I am optimistic, said Purniawan, when interviewed during the last International Fair of Havana.

We are here to show our products, our culture, he added.

Among the exportable goods of his country he mentioned: palm oil, footwear, textiles, rubber, cocoa, coffee, seafood, especially shrimp, and furniture.

He said that Cuban tobacco is very famous in Indonesia and its music is quite familiar, there is also a mutual desire to expand trade.

For his part, the second secretary and business manager of the Indonesian Embassy, ??Mr. Sahid Nurkarim, said that one of the topics to be discussed in the current talks is the achievement of direct trade, and not through other countries.

The trend in exchange between the two island nations is growing, he said.

Diplomatic relations were formalized on January 22, 1959, whereby the Asian nation became the first to establish links with the revolutionary Government.

Since then, a history of mutual collaboration, support and correspondence - with greater emphasis on the political, sports and socio-cultural fields - and a commitment to reciprocal protection of investments, characterize the links.

Visits, exchange missions and signing of agreements in the areas of health, culture, sport and education have been carried out.

There is a bilateral will to strengthen relations in biotechnology, pharmaceutical industry, energy and direct foreign trade, among other sectors.

Cuba provided humanitarian aid to Indonesia when it was affected by a tsunami in Aceh province in 2004, and by an earthquake in the city of Yogyakarta in 2006.

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Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng Meets with New Cuban Ambassador to China Carlos Miguel Pereira

On December 26, 2019, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng met with new Cuban Ambassador to China Carlos Miguel Pereira, exchanging views on China-Cuba relations and other topics.

Le Yucheng welcomed Carlos Miguel Pereira on his assumption of the new post in China, saying that China and Cuba enjoy a profound traditional friendship, which has become even stronger with the passage of the time. Both sides should take the 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations next year as an opportunity to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and elevate exchanges and cooperation in various areas to new highs.

Carlos Miguel Pereira expressed, it is my pleasure to serve as Ambassador to China again. The Cuban side is willing to, together with the Chinese side, enhance strategic coordination, strengthen political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and propel bilateral relations for constant and new progress.

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Turkmenistan, Cuba discuss bilateral cooperation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan held a meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cuba in Turkmenistan (with residence in Baku) Alfredo Nieves Portuondo on Nov 18, Turkmen Foreign Ministry reports.

During the meeting that was held in warm and friendly atmosphere, the parties discussed the current state of affairs of Turkmen-Cuban relations in political-diplomatic, economic and humanitarian fields. The parties discussed the collaboration in the framework of international organizations and the necessity of intensifying cooperation between the external policy agencies of two countries.

The Ambassador of Cuba expressed his hope for further development of mutually beneficial ties between the two countries. The opportunities of cooperation in the spheres of healthcare, agriculture, sport, tourism and other sectors were considered.

The parties agreed to continue active collaboration for the development of bilateral relations.

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Cuba and Kazakhstan expand cooperation in biotechnology and health fields

Cuba and Kazakhstan will expand their cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and health, with the visit to the Eurasian country of an important delegation composed of representatives of the Cuban business group Biocubafarma and the Centre for Molecular Immunology.

The website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry informed that the visit is headed by Dr. Idania Caballeros Torres, director of the Biocubafarma Representation in Moscow and for the entire post-Soviet area, and its objective is to follow up and sustain negotiations with Kazakh counterparts on the introduction and use of Cuban medicines in that country, as well as to explore new possibilities and fields of cooperation between both nations in the biotechnological and health fields.

The Cuban representatives develop an intense program of visits to medical, scientific, academic, educational and governmental institutions, as well as holding a series of meetings and negotiations on various joint projects aimed at strengthening cooperation and a greater and broader approach to the advances of Cuban biotechnology.

In her statements upon arrival in this country, Caballeros Torres referred to the importance of this type of visits and negotiations for the development of exchange between the peoples and institutions of Cuba and Kazakhstan, since they allow to verify the potentialities for cooperation and to advance ongoing negotiations for the realization of important exchange projects between both countries.

At the same time, the Cuban ambassador, Emilio Pevida Pupo, stressed his satisfaction with the visit of Cuban directors, scientists and researchers, which will undoubtedly contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations between both countries, particularly in the field of health, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a greater dissemination of the important and innovative advances of the Caribbean nation in these fields in the vast territory of this enormous country and throughout Central Asia.

Biocubafarma is a business organization that produces medicines, equipment and high-tech services related to human health, has 62 production facilities, and among its results has 802 health records and exports to 48 countries.
The Center for Molecular Immunology is one of the main centers of this sector in Cuba, with more than 30 awards from the Cuban Academy of Sciences, was inaugurated on December 5, 1994 by the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz.

Its CIMAvax-EGF vaccine is a world reference in its use for the treatment of very advanced stages of cancer with null surgical possibilities, and has other products online and registered, including CIMAher, for the treatment of tumors of the head, neck, esophagus and pancreas, and iorEPOCIM, 2000, 4000 and 10000, for the treatment of anemia in chronic renal failure, AIDS, and cancer patients under chemotherapy regimen.

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Nicaragua, Venezuela sign air cooperation agreement

Managua, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) The ministers of civil aviation of Nicaragua and Venezuela signed a cooperation agreement to facilitate trade and connections between Central and South America, digital news site Informe Pastran reports.

The Air Services agreement boosts working relationships between the two institutions, mainly aero-commercial deals and air connections. The accord was signed during the Venezuela Air Expo 2019 fair that ended on Monday with great success according to the organizers of the event.

Improving the air service offer to users of tourism, business, cargo, among others sectors, is also among its objectives.

The two nation recognized that the agreement complies with international standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Colonel Freddy Valdemar signed the agreement by the National Institute of Civil Aviation of Venezuela, while Captain Carlos Zalazar did it by the Nicaraguan Civil Aviation Authority.

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Belarus puts forward cooperation proposals to Cuba

Cuba will never be disappointed by cooperation with Belarus, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at an extended-participation meeting with Cuban President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez on 23 October, BelTA has learned.

“Everything we will agree on today will be fulfilled to the letter,” the Belarusian leader emphasized. He noted that Belarus was one of the first countries Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez visited in the capacity of the president.

“This attests to your interest in our country, which is a reliable and time-tested partner and friend,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. Cuba is also a reliable partner of Belarus in Latin America.

“Our countries are united by common views on topical issues of the international agenda and constructive joint work at various international forums,” the head of state emphasized.

On staying true to beliefs “Cuba has always been and remains an example of courage, perseverance and devotion to its cause,” the president said.

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Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that Belarus, just like Cuba, condemns the use of unilateral restrictive measures in politics and trade. “We believe that such actions run afoul of the law, undermine trust and lead to the escalation of tensions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

On reforms in Cuba The Belarusian head of state noted that Minsk is closely watching the groundbreaking political transformations in Cuba that are broadly supported by the public.

“I am convinced that the new Constitution formalizing the achievements of the Cuban revolution will become a solid foundation for sustainable and fast development for many years to come,” the president said.

On Belarus-Cuba cooperation Agriculture has always been one of the drivers of bilateral cooperation. “Cuban agricultural producers often come to Belarus and they are always welcome here.

We are ready to share our best practices, expertise and technology that are of interest to you. This also pertains to farm machines that have been well known in the Island of Freedom since the Soviet times,” the Belarusian leader.

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“Being fully aware of the importance of Belarusian goods for Cuba, we decided to grant loans to finance supplies on exceptionally favorable terms amidst a rather difficult situation we were going through. This enabled us to implement a number of interesting joint projects,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said. A series of contracts worth over €30 million has already been executed. These contracts dealt not only with agriculture.

An agreement was signed to supply Belarusian lathes to Cuba; talks are underway to set up a joint venture to produce household appliances. There are good cooperation prospects in information technology. “We have developed a legal framework for this sector using the world's best practices; digital infrastructure is rapidly developing,” the head of state said.

In order to facilitate the uptake of technology, best practices and knowledge, Belarus is improving is education system. The president invites Cuba to utilize the educational potential of the two countries using the principles of complementarity. On strategic partnership Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the analysis of bilateral trade suggests huge underutilized capacity.

“Therefore, we have agreed that government members will develop a roadmap, an action plan for a short-term perspective, till my next visit to Cuba. We will be able to take stock of the implementation of these documents during my visit,” the president said. “I am convinced that today we will find ways to remove the existing barriers and to upgrade our economic ties to the level of strategic partnership,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state emphasized that everything is in place for the two countries to keep moving forward. There is a well-developed manufacturing base, expertise and knowledge, technology, as well as political will, mutual understanding and support of the heads of state.

He expressed confidence that the Minsk talks will help promote Belarus-Cuba dialogue in various fields and will pave the way for new cooperation agreements.

According to statistics, Belarus-Cuba trade has been on the decline in recent years. In 2018 the trade amounted to $16.9 million (or 28% as against 2017); Belarus' export stood at $15.3 million (or 70.5% as against 2017) and the import amounted to $1.6 million (4.1%). The export was dominated by conventional engines, spare parts and accessories to vehicles and tractors, tires, trailers and semi-trailers. Belarus mostly imported medicines and liquors.

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Russian-Cuban projects ensure infrastructure stability — Russian official

Cooperation between Russia and Cuba on many projects helps ensure infrastructure stability and security on the island, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told reporters after the meeting between chairman of Cuba's State Council and Council of Ministers Miguel Diaz-Canel and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

"The character of our relations has become more thoughtful, systemic and long-term. All projects that are being implemented right now are associated with serious modernization of infrastructure, ensuring energy security. Now we will be considering issues of Cuba's food security as it pertains to delivering grains, livestock products," Borisov said. "Such projects ensure infrastructure stability of the country," he added.

Borisov said that the contract signed between Cuba and Russian Railways (RZD) envisages "core modernization of the whole railroad infrastructure, which will increase passenger flow and trade turnover by 2-3 times." Average speed of trains will increase from 30-40 km/h to 100-120 km/h after works are completed.

Medvedev earlier said that Russia and Cuba continue supporting each other through joint investment projects in different spheres. The Russian prime minister said that during talks, Diaz-Canel and him "confirmed plans to continue strengthening strategic partnership.".

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Vietnam, Cuba hold fifth political consultation

Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son conducted the fifth political consultation with Cuba’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina González as part of his official visit to Cuba on September 19-21.

During his stay in Cuba, Son met with Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz.

At the meetings, the two sides expressed their pleasure at the growing traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba in all fields such as politics, economy-trade, security-defence, agriculture, construction, education, health care, biotechnology, transportation, and sports.

Vietnam and Cuba have maintained the exchange of high-level delegations, especially after the historic visit to Cuba by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in March 2018 and the visit to Vietnam by President of the State Council and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez in November 2018.

The bilateral economic, trade and investment relations continue growing with two-way trade increasing 25 percent year-on-year to reach 335.8 million USD in 2018.

The Vietnam-Cuba intergovernmental committee organized the 37th session in Hanoi on September 10-12, 2019 with good outcomes, contributing to promoting the bilateral cooperation in numerous fields.

Vietnam and Cuba have also maintained close coordination and mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums, especially at the United Nations.

The two countries agreed to strengthen their special traditional relations as well as reinforce ties between the two foreign ministries, particularly in arranging and preparing for high-level visits, organising political, economic, cultural and friendship activities, and promoting people-to-people exchanges in 2020 in celebration of the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties.

They pledged to continue implementing effectively cooperation mechanisms such as the theoretical workshop between the two communist parties, the intergovernmental committee, political consultations between the foreign ministries, dialogues between the defence ministries, and the Vietnam-Cuba business council.

The two foreign ministries affirmed that they will coordinate with relevant ministries and departments to enhance economic, trade and investment cooperation, as well as facilitate investment in the fields of their strengths such as construction material, consumer goods, tourism-hotel, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals in order to bring two-way trade to 500 million USD by 2022.

They also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concerns, including the situation in the East Sea.

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