Cuba-Mexico Friendship Ties Highlighted

Havana, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Mexico have a common history, based on fraternity and cultural exchange, said here today the commander of the Mexican Navy’s Huasteco training ship, Carlos Alberto Maldonado.

‘It is a beautiful and rewarding experience for all cadets to get to know a culture that is very similar to Mexican culture,’ Maldonado told reporters after docking the multipurpose ship with 184 students, 55 classes and sailors, 28 officers and 13 marines.

‘We are also Latin American and Cuba always participates in important exchanges such as the Veracruz carnivals,’ said Maldonado pointing out that, after leaving Havana, the Huasteco will go to Puerto Rico and then to the Dominican Republic.

‘This ship is the bearer of the brotherhood and friendship between Mexico and Cuba throughout history,’ said the Mexican ambassador in the Caribbean island, Enrique Martinez.

The cadets will sail the Caribbean Sea and express their solidarity to its countries, but especially to beloved Cuba, the diplomat stressed.

Moments after the arrival of the training ship, its members paid homage to the National Hero, Jose Marti, in the busy Central Park, and then they were received at the headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples by authorities of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power of Havana.

According to the program, a representation of the Huasteco members will have a meeting with the head of the Revolutionary Navy, Carlos Duque.

Mexican sailors are expected to visit places of historical and cultural interest, while from today to Sunday the Havana public will be able to visit the ship of 69.4 of length, 12.8 of beam, 5.1 of draft with a standard displacement.

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Cuban President Heads Opening of New Hematology Institute

Havana, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel attended today the opening of a new headquarters of the Institute of Hematology and Immunology, a vital entity for diagnostic studies of these diseases and blood donation programs.

Diaz-Canel was accompanied by the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, who inaugurated that institution on December 2, 1966, when he served as Minister of Public Health.

The event was also attended by the current Cuban Minister and Vice President Roberto Morales and the First Secretary of the PCC Provincial Committee, Lazara Mercedes Lopez.

In the opening remarks, its director Consuelo Macias, after recalling the beginnings of the scientific institution and some of its achievements in 52 years of work, listed some of the main projections for the next five years, including rising by 90 percent the level of cure of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

She also mentioned the introduction of traditional and massive sequencing to identify new diagnoses in hematology and immunological diseases, as well as to achieve more personalized treatments.

Macias considered essential in the sustained work of the center, the creation of the integrated program of the hemophiliac patient, its national registry and the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency, with multi-center projects extended to the 15 provinces of the nation.

The new entity, which now has 419 employees, has among its main objectives to develop scientific research and technological innovations applied to hematological, immunological, transfusion and regenerative medicine that include clinical trials with biotechnological products.

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Venezuela to Create Investment Plan for Social Protection

Caracas, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela will create a domestic investment plan in the social protection system in strategic sectors like health care, education and housing to counter the financial siege affecting this South American country.

Tareck El Aissami, who was appointed vice-president for the Economic Area on Thursday, proposed at the meeting to establish the Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, held in this capital, the implementation of investments within the social missions during the 2019-2015 period.

The economic vice-president pointed out that the proposals and concerns from the productive sectors, regarding the setting of prices, exchange policy and distribution mechanisms, among others, will be studied to build a post-rent model that will contribute to the country’s social stability.

In light of the economic situation, he called to hold sincere and open debate without dogmas to find economic solutions immediately in the fields of exchange rates and prices.

The key to face the socio-political situation in Venezuela since 2013 is to maintain the social missions with 70 percent of the national budget, noted El Aissami, who added that the Bolivarian Revolution neither grumbles nor remains ‘with its arms crossed’ in the light of the financial blockade imposed by the government of the United States, the European Union and their accomplices in the American continent.

El Aissami, who is also the minister for the Industry and Production, explained that the government is creating social policies to protect the people, like the allocation of bonds through the Homeland’s Card; the Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP), to provide food at fair prices.

He stressed that another achievement by the government is the creation of the first Venezuelan crypto-currency, the petro, which is backed up by oil assets.

El Aissami noted that the Venezuelan government is implementing new mechanisms and routes abroad to get around the economic blockade, which has been intensified since President Nicolas Maduro’s reelection on May 20.

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Indian President to Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro on His Trip to Cuba

New Delhi, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Indian President Ram Nath Kovind will pay tribute in Santiago de Cuba to the late Cuban leader, Fidel Castro Ruz, during his trip to the island from June 21 to 22.

Before arriving in Havana, the Cuban capital, Kovind will place a wreath on the grave of a person who is considered a friend of India, Fidel Castro, whose remains rest in the second city of Cuba, in the eastern part of Cuba.

Friend of the people and the leaders of India, Fidel visited the South Asian giant on two occasions during which he held meetings with its top leaders, in particular with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Ram Nath Kovind will then hold a meeting in Havana with the newly elected Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who visited India as first vice president of the Caribbean nation in March 2015.

Also, Kovind will also place a wreath before the Monument of the National Hero of Cuba José Martí, in the Plaza de la Revolución de La Habana.

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Seventh Meeting of the Cuba-United States Bilateral Commission held in Washington D.C.

(Cubaminrex)

On June 14, 2018, the Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting between Cuba and the United States was held in Washington, D.C.

Even in the present circumstances, the Commission remains as an official dialogue forum for the direct discussion of differences and the follow-up on issues in which there is cooperation and mutual interest.

The meeting provided an opportunity to review the areas of exchange and cooperation where activities were carried out in the most recent months and to confirm potentials to move forward in other sectors.

The Cuban delegation rebuffed the regress in the bilateral relationship imposed by the government of the United States and called attention on the negative consequences thereof for both peoples, the Cuban emigration and the international and regional environment. The Cuban delegation reiterated that the economic, commercial and financial blockade continues to be the main obstacle to any perspective of improvement in the bilateral relationship and denounced its intensification with the adoption, in particular, of additional financial measures of aggressive extraterritorial nature.

It referred to the negative impact of the political and diplomatic actions promoted by the United States since the previous bilateral commission meeting held in September 2017, including the intended interference in the internal affairs of Cuba, with the open manipulation of the human rights issue, which is flagrantly, massively and systematically violated with the implementation of the blockade.

The Cuban delegation urged the government of the United States to desist from the continued political manipulation of the alleged health cases, which became the pretext to adopt new unilateral measures that affect the performance of the respective embassies, in particular, the rendering of consular services depended upon by hundreds of thousands of persons.

The delegation also demanded the lifting of the arbitrary “travel warning” which hinders the scientific, academic, cultural, religious and entrepreneurial exchanges, as well as the visits by Americans to a country that is internationally recognized as safe and healthy.
The Cuban delegation acknowledged the advances achieved in the bilateral migratory commitments and alerted to the risk of non-compliance by the United States with the existing obligations pursuant to the agreements signed.

Likewise, the delegation reaffirmed that it has been demonstrated that it is possible to cooperate and live in a civilized manner, by respecting differences and promoting that which benefits both countries and peoples. It expressed Cuba’s willingness to continue the bilateral dialogue and to work on issues of common interest through the active implementation, based on concrete proposals, of the bilateral agreements subscribed as those on environmental protection, law enforcement, health, agriculture, hydrography and geodesy, among others.

The Cuban delegation was led by Carlos Fernández de Cossío Domínguez, Director General for U.S. Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the U.S. delegation was led by John Creamer, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. (Cubaminrex)

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Venezuela’s Government Works on Mechanisms for Economic Recovery

Caracas, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodriguez, today chairs a working meeting with the sectorial leaders, with an agenda aimed at re-impelling the economy of the South American country.

The meeting takes place in the Yellow House (headquarters of the Foreign Ministry), in Caracas, and is attended -among other officials- by the new Vice President for Economy, Tareck El Aissami, who on the eve also received the appointment of the newly created Ministry for Industries and National Production.

The meeting seeks to analyze the six strategic lines promoted by the Executive for the 2019-2025 period, also aimed at promoting national dialogue among all the political, social and economic sectors of the country, reported Venezolana de Television.

Along with this meeting, on Friday the authorities installed the second working table of the Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, tweeted the Sectoral Vice Presidency of Economy.

The Minister for Productive Agriculture and Land, Wilmar Castro Soteldo, chairs this working session with national and international experts, to contextualize mechanisms that lead to the country’s recovery.

Promoting the use of electronic money, designing a new remittance policy and guaranteeing an efficient system in favor of productive entrepreneurship were part of the proposals addressed the previous day during the installation of the Presidential Economic Advisory Commission.

In this activity, El Aissami highlighted the renewal of the monetary, exchange, fiscal-tax and financial-banking policies for the government period 2019-2025, and reaffirmed the policy of dialogue as a mechanism to define strategies based on national stability.

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Malta, Cuba to Expand, Deepen Their Relations

La Valeta, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Malta and Cuba agree today on the need to broaden and deepen their relations beyond the political, diplomatic and economic spheres.

The reciprocal will to walk towards new horizons in the bonds between both nations was a central theme of the conversation held yesterday by José Carlos Rodríguez, the island’s new ambassador in this European country, with its president, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, to whom he delivered his Credential Letter.

During the cordial exchange, which was extended more than usual in similar situations, both parties valued positively the level reached by the political and friendship ties developed between the two countries for more than four decades, while coinciding in the motivation to undertake new initiatives.

In this regard, they agreed on the need to take concrete steps to strengthen ties in all fields, including others such as culture and public health, which contribute to a better knowledge and understanding among peoples.

Rodriguez thanked the president for Malta’s support every year, to the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in favor of the cessation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, and the role of this country in the construction of better relations between the European Union (EU) and the Island.

Later, in the speech before the new ambassadors, among whom were also those from Spain, Guatemala and Lebanon, the Head of State assured that Malta will continue to give its full support to the elimination of the US blockade and contributing to the expansion of relations of the EU with the Caribbean nation.

He also expressed that he received with enthusiasm the proposal of the Cuban ambassador to promote an active collaboration between the respective capitals, Havana and Valletta, whose historic centers were declared World Heritage by Unesco.

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Nestlé Receives the Support of Chefs in Cuba

Havana, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The famous Swiss food company Nestlé receives today the support of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba (FACRC), whose chefs see with good eyes a recent recipe book of the firm.

Established in this island since 1908, this weekend it presented at the 1930 Hall of the National Hotel of Cuba an appropriate cookbook for the women of this archipelago, baptized as Maggi Soluciona, and that in its first delivery includes traditional recipes of this country.

With several brochures, they all receive the approval of the FACRC, including that of its president Eddy Fernández, who seeks to recover traditional preparations and to enhance gastronomic tourism.

Personalities of the art and culture of this country were part of the presentation of the recipe book, in a Cooking Show where the actress Blanca Rosa Blanco, the singer Haila and the chef Rachel González participated.

The three personalities cooked, before those present, recipes with the inclusion of Maggi products, branch of Nestlé that has a great attachment to the current cuisine, focused on Cuba to solve problems of scarcity from seasoning cubes and necessary condiments.

Precisely, Fernandez and the representative in Cuba of Nestlé, Manuel Sandoval, opened the ceremony to stimulate knowledge.

The president of the Cuban chefs federation shares the criterion of increasing public presentations and competitions, which put in a better position each day the culinary movement of the country.

On occasion, Fernandez and his team expressed the desire that tourists come to the island in search of their culinary culture, as in Mexico and Peru.

The new cookbook of Maggi has the prologue of Eddy Fernandez, and the sponsorship of the FACRC, grouped in 10 collectible installments with 206 proposals divided into Cuban Tradition, Chicken, Pork, Soups and Creams, Fish, Rice, and Pasta.

They also include Legumes, Egg, and Starters, of which up to the present are the first two. Prepared by experts and with the advice of FACRC, it constitutes an appreciable initiative, the attendees commented.

In addition, they have a digital version (downloadable from www.maggi.cu), and the consumers can receive the printed edition with a purchase of the products of that name in Cuban establishments.

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Panamanian President Condemns U.S. Sanctions against Cuba

Moscow, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela today repeated his country’s condemnation of the sanctions imposed by the United States against Cuba, when commenting on Washington’s policy of restrictions against the Caribbean island and Russia.

Varela favored a solution to disputes through dialogue when answering a question from Prensa Latina on the obstacles created by the administration of President Donald Trump to world trade and its sanctions against Cuba and Russia.

More than half a century of the U.S. political, economic and commercial blockade on Cuba and the White House’s sanctions against Russia do not help at all to eliminate the trade barriers and borders that Varela defended in his speech.

‘The matter is not to exert more pressure, but, on the contrary, to seek consensus and dialogue’ in international relations, noted the head of State.

In that regard, he mentioned the recent meeting in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and the maximum leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un.

The Panamanian president showed at the Russian Chamber of Commerce the advantages of his country, which had a population of four million, a gross domestic product (GDP) of some 50 billion dollars and a growth of more than 6 percent in 2017.

In response to Prensa Latina, Varela noted that he was faithful to his conviction that dialogue is the way to iron out differences. He highlighted the positive relations between Cuba and Panama, which is a member of the Pacific Alliance, along with other Latin American countries.

We try to take advantage from dialogue, said the president of Panama, a country that, along with the members of the Pacific Alliance, demands internal changes in Venezuela, which considers that stance a clear case of interference in its internal affairs.

Varela recalled that Panama invited Cuba to the Summit of the Americas and welcomed the changes that have been made in the island’s economy over the past few years.

In his speech at the Chamber of Commerce, Varela defended his country’s stance as an international platform to reach Latin America, specifically for Russia.

We have connections with more than 70 destinations in some 35 countries, 5 percent of the world’s port activity and a comfortable and advantageous system to register big companies in our territory, said Varela, who met with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

The Panamanian statesman noted the signing of an agreement on security to train police officers at the academy of the Russian Ministry of the Interior.

We have problems with drug trafficking and not precisely with conflicts, because Latin America is a zone of peace, he commented.

Varela will meet with executives of the airline Aeroflot today and he will travel to Sochi tomorrow for the game between Panama and Belgium, as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup being held in 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities until July 15.

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53% of scientists in Cuba are women

Gissel Saldívar, a 19 year old chemical technician, supervises work at the Immunoassay Center’s Biosensors plant in Havana. Photo: Irene Pérez/ Cubadebate.

June 14 (Granma) Some 86,426 individuals work in Cuba’s science sector, 53% of whom are women, according to the President of the Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC) Dr. Luis C. Velázquez Pérez speaking during the First International Science and Education Congress taking place in the Havana International Conference Center.

The Cuban expert described this achievement as one of the sector’s strengths, highlighting the importance of science, technology and innovation (CTI) toward overcoming the country’s challenges and promoting development.

In this sense, he explained that the CTI system includes some 15,993 PhD holders (355 with a combined degree); 25,000 university professors; 6,839 researchers; 30 specialist universities and thousands of technicians.

Among national priorities for the sector he mentioned food production for both animals and humans; the development of renewable energy; adaptation to climate change; and the computerization of Cuban society.

Velázquez Pérez also highlighted the sustainable use of natural resources, Cuban society, economy and international relations; urban and provincial planning; biotechnology; pharmaceutical production; and research within the fields of exact and natural sciences; as well as nanotechnology.

Staff at the Immunoassay Center’s Biosensors plant. Photo: Irene Pérez/ Cubadebate

The International Congress, organized by the Ministry of Education and Central Institute of Pedagogical Sciences, is being held June 11-15 under the maxim: Investigate and Innovate: The 2030 Agenda, with around 300 participants, including 100 international guests from seven countries.

The event aims to contribute to promoting exchanges and sharing scientific results and good practices in the daily work of educational professionals. (Cubadebate)

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