- Published in Cuba
The first Conference of Cooperation of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) began today in this capital with a high participation in the core debates for the development of the region.
Representatives from more than 100 member countries, observers, among others, analyze issues related to transportation and connectivity between the nations of the area and the confrontation with climate change.
Prior to the ministerial meeting, Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra said that these contacts will be a time to take advantage of the opportunities for collaboration, promote the competitiveness of the economies of the member nations of the bloc, and discuss common challenges in order to consolidate the Shared development.
Likewise, he said that they would enable them to search for ways to deal with external factors that undermine the sovereignty of the countries of the area, promote actions to deal with measures of mass deportation of immigrants, and the serious implications for their economies.
With the purpose of reviewing the progress of the integral relations between this island and the nations associated with the Caribbean Community, Havana will also be host, next March 11, of the V CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial Meeting.
The deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cuba and Germany, Rogelio Sierra and Maria Bohmer, confirmed in Havana the good level of political and commercial relations between the two countries.
Sierra and Bohmer talked yesterday about issues of common interests and ratified the will of strengthening and expanding bilateral links.
Bohmer was accompanied by Regional Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, Ambassador Dieter Lamle, while Sierra was assisted by other two members of the office.
The visit of the German diplomat confirmed Germany’s interest of expanding its presence in the island now that there are more opportunities for foreign investment in some local economic fields.
Last months, board members from a dozen of German companies held talks with authorities of the Cuban government. They expressed their intention to open joint business in fields like construction, transportation, health services, and the industry.
Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Diaz / Cubasi Translation Staff