Cuba, Iran to Improve Trade Relations

Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The 17th Session of the Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission, whose main goal is to expand collaboration on various economic and social areas, has concluded on Wednesday in Havana.

During the meeting new agreements were signed to foster bilateral exchange, Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment reported.

Cuba and Iran jointly work on several fields of cooperation, including health, investments, energy, agriculture and sports, which, during the previous Intergovernmental Commission held in 2017, were ratified in 12 agreements.

These included a visa extension agreement, cooperation in agricultural matters and a memorandum of understanding between Cubahidraulica and its Iranian counterpart.

Besides, an Action Plan was signed to implement the Memorandum of Understanding on Health and a Letter of Intention between the State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices Center and the regulatory authority of the Iranian Ministry of Health.

Cuban-Iranian good relations were recently ratified with a meeting held in September 2018 between Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, when they discussed collaboration projects in health.

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Venezuela: Arreaza Pursues Stronger Ties With UN’s Guterres

Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to strengthen ties.

Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to strengthen ties. | Photo: teleSUR

The foreign affairs minister met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss 2030 agenda development goals and to denounce interventionism.

Jan 15 (teleSUR) The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza met on Wednesday with Antonio Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) for an important bilateral meeting.

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Minister Arreaza thanked the UN secretary-general for “the cordial, respectful and warm meeting held minutes ago in his office in NY,” he wrote on his Twitter account, before reaffirming “the irreducible commitment of President Nicolas Maduro with peace, multilateralism and the 2030 Agenda.” The meeting was held to strengthen relations between Venezuela and the UN mainly in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda.

“If we achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, we will achieve a more equitable society, it is essential to strengthen multilateralism,” said Arreaza in the press conference after meeting the UN Secretary-General.

The Foreign Ministry of Venezuela stated on its Twitter account that the meeting was also favorable to denounce the assaults and attacks perpetrated against the South American country. The agency indicated that Arreaza presented to Guterres the interference actions committed by “the United States (U.S.) Government against the sovereignty of Venezuela.”

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In a press conference after the meeting, Arreaza stated that he had denounced before Antonio Guterres, a new coup attempt against the Government of Nicolás Maduro. “We have reported to the secretary-general that an attempted coup against Venezuela is underway (…) We have already gone through experiences such as the 2002 coup d’état and the oil strike, that same year,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday Minister Arreaza responded the interventionist acts of the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in relation to the policy Venezuela, promoting a coup against the Bolivarian Government. “Mike Pompeo not satisfied with leading a criminal economic blockade and an operation of international aggression against Venezuela, now shamelessly promotes a coup, citing articles of a Constitution that he obviously does not know,” said the Venezuelan foreign minister through his Twitter account to a tweet released by Pompeo.

“While President Nicolas Maduro seeks a respectful dialogue with the U.S., the U.S. Secretary of State and other extremist spokespersons seek to destabilize the country and incite violence,” said the Venezuelan official, who also recalled that the Venezuelan people demand respect for its democracy, its sovereignty and its Constitution.


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Cuba Highlights Japanese Cooperation for Solid Waste Collection

Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, highlighted a project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to enhance collection of solid waste in this capital.

For Havana: The biggest thing. An important project funded by JICA, an institution of the Japanese government for international cooperation, aimed at bettering collection of solid waste in the capital on its 500th anniversary, Malmierca tweeted on Wednesday.

In this regard, the Cuban ambassador to Japan, Carlos Miguel Pereira, told Prensa Latina that Cuba and Japan are going through a good moment in their relations, while both governments promote bilateral cooperation.

With the dispatch of 24 solid waste collection trucks to Havana, the first phase of a project to help Cuba by the Japan International Cooperation Agency began on Tuesday.

According to the diplomat, the initiative consists of several phases in the modality of Non-reimbursable Financial Assistance, one of the variants of cooperation offered to Cuba since 2016 after the visit to Havana of the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

The Hino Motors collector trucks, which departed from the Japanese port of Kobe, should arrive in the Cuban capital on March 2.

In total there will be 100 similar vehicles, with specialized technology from Kyokuto, which will arrive in Havana port in three more shipments before the end of November, when the Cuban capital celebrates its 500th anniversary.

In addition, as part of the project, Cuba will receive during the course of this year dump trucks, lifting baskets, chainsaws and other equipment for the restoration and embellishment of Havana.

Both nations strengthened their cooperation on March 9, when JICA inaugurated its permanent office in Cuba in order to promote bilateral cooperation projects for the sustainable development of Cuba.

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Cuba, Slovakia Strengthen Economic Relations

Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Slovakia have strengthened economic relations with the visit to this capital of a delegation from that European nation.

The delegation is headed by the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, Radko Kuruc. An important step for the consolidation of bilateral economic relations, reported through its Twitter account the director of Trade Policy with Europe of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX), Inalvis Bonachea.

On the subject, Ileana Nuñez, Deputy Minister of MINCEX, reported that she had a ‘fruitful meeting’ with the Slovak secretary of state.

Potentialities of the Cuban market for Slovak entrepreneurs are confirmed, said Nuñez on her Twitter account in which she shared an image of the meeting.

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Cuba present at the Oslo Tourism Fair

Cuba present at the Oslo Tourism Fair

Jan 15 (Radio Rebelde) As is tradition, Cuba’s tourist destination was present at the International Tourism Fair which is held every year for three days at the fairgrounds of Fornebu, Oslo, the Norwegian capital.

From January 11 through the 13, officials from the regional tourism office, based in Stockholm, Sweden, were in charge of Cuba’s informative stand and exchanged with the attending public and specialized personnel from travel agencies and entities, reported the Cubaminrex website. 

Ambassador Oscar de los Reyes visited the stand and confirmed the attendees’ interest in the Cuban tourism product.

Cuba’s presence at the Fair contributes to strengthening ties with tour operators from the Scandinavian region, as well as the tourism operation from that market, whose interest in the Caribbean destination has gradually increased in recent years.

Reiselivsmessen Oslo has become one of the most popular and important international meeting places for the travel industry worldwide.

At the fair, the travel industry meets with an enthusiast, travel addict and curious business attendees, and can find inspiration and get the information they are looking for, all combined with cultural experiences.

It invites several exhibitors from different business branches and will meet with a committed traveler in search of public and general public.

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Venezuela Rejects US Attempted Coup and ‘Puppet Government’

The greatest threat to the security of Venezuelans is the criminal blockade imposed by the United States, the state said.

The greatest threat to the security of Venezuelans is the criminal blockade imposed by the United States, the state said. | Photo: EFE

The puppet government would’ve catered to US transnational corporations, the Foreign Ministry said.

Jan 13 (teleSUR) The Venezuelan state is accusing Washington of promoting a coup d’etat by imposing a “puppet government” in the nation, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said Sunday.


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“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounces once again the attempts by the supremacist elite that controls the White House to promote a coup in Venezuela, attacking the Constitution, Democracy and Peace in the country,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Bolivarian state denounced the conspiracy lead by U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and his attempts to forcefully impose a puppet government- like in 2002- which caters to US transnational corporations and rejects both the Constitution and the popular will.

“While the Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, urges dialogue with respect between countries, Bolton, in turn, embraces the script of the coup-driven adventures, historically inserted in the imperialist agenda,” the statement said.

The greatest threat to the security of Venezuelans is the criminal blockade imposed by the United States, the letter said, calling for an end of all “economic and diplomatic aggression.”

Maduro who was officially inaugurated on Thursday for the second time, denounced the U.S. interventionist attitudes, saying “the imperial attack against Venezuela is part of a regional dispute that promotes imperialism for the reconquest of what they see as their backyard.”

In its statement, the Foreign Ministry assured that, “No matter how powerful the pressures, threats, and attacks, the Bolivarian Government will never give in to the integral defense of the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people.

“Venezuela will use all its political, moral and constitutional power to defeat imperialist aggression in all its forms,” the letter said.


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Cuba, Japan to Boost Bilateral Cooperation

Tokyo, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Japan are enjoying a good moment in their relations, while both governments boost bilateral cooperation, the Cuban ambassador, Carlos Miguel Pereira, said in Tokyo Tuesday.

Pereira told Prensa Latina that the first phase of a project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help Cuba began this Tuesday with the shipping of 24 solid waste collection trucks to Havana.

The initiative includes several phases of Non-Refundable Financial Assistance, one of the cooperation options offered to Cuba from 2016 after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Havana, the diplomat said.

The Hino Motors collection trucks, which departed from the Japanese port of Kobe, should arrive in Havana on March 2.

A total of 100 similar vehicles, with Kyokuto’s specialized technology, will reach Havana port in another three shipments before closing November, when this city celebrates its 500th anniversary.

Besides, as part of the project, Cuba will receive during this year dump trucks, elevator baskets, chainsaws and other equipment to restore and beautify Havana.

Cuban ambassador pointed out that other collaboration initiatives have already been implemented with Japan such as advanced medical equipment supplies for the Cuban hospital system modernization, and it is expected to continue exchanges with projects linked to agricultural and energy development.

Cooperation is progressing and consolidating to benefit both countries, Pereira emphasized.

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Cuban FM Highlights Meeting with Former Colombian President

Havana, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez highlighted the recent meeting he held in this capital with former Colombian president Ernesto Samper.

Rodriguez and Samper discussed the main challenges Latin America and the Caribbean are facing, according to a message from the Cuban diplomat on Twitter.

Samper made a vacation trip to the island this month, a stay in which criticized the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba.

Samper, also former secretary general of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), recognized the progress of Cuba in the tourism industry.

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2018, Relevant for Cuba in Health Research

Havana, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) The year 2018 saw the highest growth in scientific categorization, doctoral dissertations and master’s degrees in the Cuban National Health System, highlighted Tuesday on Twitter Health Minister Jose Angel Portal.

During the celebration of Cuban Science Day on January 15, the Minister assured that the country has more than 4,323 researchers and 1,075 PhDs in science.

The Minister of Public Health also pointed out that the new Constitution encourages scientific research, focusing on solving problems that affect society’s interests and the benefit of the people, referring to the new Draft Constitution that will go to a popular referendum on February 24.

During the ceremony of the 41st edition of the Annual Health Award, Portal said it is a premise for us to harmoniously integrate the dimensions of science, technology, innovation and the environment as part of capabilities to achieve greater management and impact results in what we do.

The National Health System currently has 37 centers categorized as Science, Technology and Innovation Entities, out of which 18 are classified as research, three as Scientific-Technological Services, and 16 as Development and Innovation Units.

The sector is currently boosting the development of specialties and will launch new projects such as the Cuban precision medicine program, nanomedicine and robotics, as new paradigms to address the health care of our people, the Minister emphasized.

Scientific and technological development is undoubtedly an integral part of the social program begun in Cuba in 1959. The current results have come from a long process and are based on a strategy whose practical expressions have been observed since the early 1960s, especially in areas such as education and health, as well as technological and industrial development.

Cuba has maximized conscientious and professionally trained citizens, for which reason the country currently invests 10 percent of its Gross Domestic Product in education and more than one percent in research-development.

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Tourism Minister congratulates city of Trinidad

Tourism Minister congratulates city of Trinidad

Jan 14 (Radio Rebelde) Manuel Marrero, Minister of Tourism, wrote on Twitter that Trinidad on the occasion of the 505th anniversary of the foundation of this village, that is a tourist destination that has it all.

He highlighted that Trinidad, in the center-south of the island, enjoys culture, heritage, history, nature, rivers, waterfalls, nightlife and the best beach on the south coast of Cuba.

Since Saturday the week of culture in Trinidad began, with a gala in which there was a harmonic conjugation of traditional music, folklore and the most autochthonous rhythms of that region of the country.

As part of the program for the festivities, Marrero along with government authorities and the Party in the province of Sancti Spíritus inaugurated several works of social benefit and new facilities for tourism.

After a major repair, the Romantic Museum was reopened, a symbol of the wealth enjoyed by the town in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the sugar industry became the fundamental economic activity there.

On the occasion of the 505th anniversary of the foundation of Villa de la Santísima Trinidad, there will be the reopening of various economic and social works and the celebration of an extensive program of artistic and cultural proposals for various types of public.

It was in December 1513 that the conqueror Diego Velázquez arrived to the area and sent to explore that territory with an indigenous population formed by arahuacos that lived in the cacicazgo of Guamuhaya.

The chroniclers differ in the date of foundation, some claim that the Villa was founded in January and others in February, although its initial location placed it far from the gold laundries of the metal extracted by the Indians, and then occupied the place it has now.

Experts in architectural conservation indicate that Trinidad is the city of Cuba that has best preserved its original seal, which is why it has received the status of Cultural Patrimony of Humanity conferred by UNESCO in 1988, next to the nearby Sugar Mill Valley, located a few kilometers to the east.

It is an example of sustainable tourism, and recently received the status of World Crafts City, granted by the World Crafts Council, founded in 1964 in New York.

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