Cuba and the United States hold exchange on the cooperation to prevent and combat money laundry

On February 12, 2018, a second technical exchange was held between the authorities from Cuba and the United States charged with the prevention and combat against money laundry. The meeting took place in a respectful and professional ambiance. 

This exchange, which falls within the context of the law enforcement dialogue between both countries, provided both parties with the opportunity to discuss about the tendencies of this crime at a regional level, the main experiences gained in the combat against money laundry and the next steps that would be taken to advance the bilateral collaboration on this matter.   

The Cuban representatives underscored the necessity to increase cooperation between authorities of both countries to ensure the effective combat against this criminal offense. Both parties shared the view that determined action is required against these acts and against those who commit them and the consensus was that impunity cannot be permitted.

The Cuban delegation also stated that for the comprehensive analysis of these issues, Cuba favors the exchange in different forums, mainly of the UN system. In addition, the Cuban government actively collaborates with the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America (GAFILAT), a regional inter-governmental organization to prevent and combat money laundry, terrorist financing and the funding of the proliferation of mass destruction weapons. In its Mutual Evaluation Reports, GAFILAT acknowledges that the general risk for money laundry and terrorist financing in Cuba is low, highlights the inter-institutional coordination and cooperation existing at all levels in the country to combat these crimes and the updated legal framework Cuba has for this purpose.

The Cuban delegation was composed of representatives of the Ministry of the Interior, Banco Central de Cuba, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The U.S. delegation was composed of officials of the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, State, Health and Human Services and, Treasury.

Both parties agreed to continue with these technical exchanges in the future and to coordinate actions that may contribute to the effective combat against this crime.

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Cuba Highlights Venezuela's Victory at OAS

Cuba has hailed today Venezuela for defending the Latin American and Caribbean dignity, based on truth, reason and justice against the OAS and its Secretary General''s actions to undermine and topple the Bolivarian Revolution.

In a statement, the Cuban Foreign Ministry underlines that Venezuela is not along, while commenting that the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States failed to pass a resolution against Caracas and impose the Inter-American Democratic Charter with the aim to punish Venezuela.

The OAS Venezuela is today facing is the same that endorsed military aggressions and interventions, kept conspiratorial silence before serious democratic violations and human rights throughout the hemisphere, including coups, disappearance of people, arbitrary detentions, tortures and assassinations of students, journalists and social leaders, the statement points out.

It's the same organization -it adds- that has overlooked forced displacement of people caused by poverty and violence, walls, deportations, unequal trade, environmental pollution, drug-trafficking and cultural aggression.

Venezuela has waged -it continues- a diplomatic battle against imperialist and oligarchical intentions to crush the right of the people and the States to emancipate, exercise their own sovereignty and build up the political, economic, social and cultural system they freely choose.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry recalls in its statement that it is evident the coincidence between OAS current agitation and that of 1962 when it conspired against Cuba.

'The Ministry of Colonies once again commits today the same mistakes: intense pressures and blackmails by the United States on a group of countries, including the smallest and most vulnerable, and again we see the submissive attitude of those who prefer to kneel down and submit themselves rather than facing up the giant with seven-league boots', the statement concludes.

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Cuban embassy in U.S. to hold Consorcio Cuba event

On January 28th, Cuba’s embassy in the US held an event from the organization Consorcio Cuba. Consorcio Cuba is a project of the Howard Baker Forum gathering enterprises, non-profit organizations, investors, academicians and entrepreneurs. This organization also monitors and analyzes the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States. Besides, it provides its members with accurate information on the new business opportunities emerging in Cuba.

Former senator Thomas A. Daschle delivered the opening speech. Later, Cuban ambassador in the United States, Jose Ramon Cabanas Rodriguez, welcomed the more than 60 participants in the event. Other personalities exchanged viewpoints in the event and they were Jodi Bond, vice-president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Daniel J. Jones, vice-president of the Daschle Group, and Scott Campbell, Chairman of the Howard Baker Forum.

Ambassador Jose Ramon Cabanas thanked Howard Baker Forum and Consorcio Cuba for such an awesome initiative. He also highlighted the leadership of Senators Nancy Kassebaum and Tom Daschle. Cabanas also referred to the upcoming events in the bilateral relation and noted the 163rd anniversary of the birth of Jose Marti and the importance of his legacy for all Cubans.

Members of Consorcio Cuba highlighted the importance of the First Conference Consorcio Cuba on February 18th. It will take place in Washington D.C., at the headquarters of the U.S. Peace Institute

Cubasi Translation Staff

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