Russia, Cuba Update Railways Cooperation

By Antonio Rondon Garcia St Petersburg, Russia, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Russia today updated cooperation to modernize the island’s railways as part of the works carried out by the high-level delegation of the Caribbean country at the 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Cuba’s Council of Ministers vice president and Minister of Economy and Planning, Ricardo Cabrisas, in charge of the referred delegation, met today with Oleg Belosiorov, President of Russian Railways, in the framework of the aforementioned forum.

Both sides highlighted the importance of the project to modernize the railway structure for Cuba, which will be the flagship project of the relations of both nations.

The two sides defined the course to follow to advance in the development of the aforementioned project and, in a general way, reviewed the current situation and perspectives of the project, as well as confirming the two countries’ willingness to move forward in that direction.

Cabrisas and his accompanying delegation developed a tight working agenda yesterday. He attended a panel in the plenary session of the event in the presence of some 15,000 delegates from almost 150 countries.

The minister of economy and planning participated in the panel along with Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov, with whom he then met at the conclusion of the plenary session.

Cabrisas also held talks with Russian adviser to the President, Anton Kobyakov, and with new Russian Minister of Transport, Evgueni Ditrich.

General Comptroller of the Republic of Cuba, Gladys Bejerano, met yesterday with the head of the Accounts Chamber of Russia, Alexei Kudrin, to whom she requested to convey a cordial greeting to his predecessor Tatiana Galikova, who was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in the new Russian government.

Both sides talked about the relationships between both institutions and the continuity of the joint actions in the area of parallel controls of the progress of the main collaboration projects between Cuba and Russia.

The Roundtable discussion preparatory to the issues of the 23rd Congress of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions took place yesterday morning, chaired by Alexei Kudrin. The Cuban vice president and other heads and representatives of 17 countries attended this activity.

Chief Comptroller of Comprehensive Control Management, Dania Bacallao, and Cuban ambassador to Russia, Gerardo Peñalver, comprise the island’s delegation.

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