Cuban president meets with Argentine business sector

By Maylin Vidal, FotosPL: Harold Dìaz 

Buenos Aires, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, thanked on Monday in this capital the Argentine businessmen for their perseverance of doing business with the island despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on his country, intensified in the last months.

Visiting Buenos Aires to participate in the inauguration of President-elect Alberto Fernandez, the president held a broad exchange with about 50 entrepreneurs from various sectors such as industry, food, biotechnology and tourism of this southern nation.

At the meeting, which was also attended by the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, Diaz-Canel advocated increasing trade flow between the two countries, in several areas of common interest.

With the assumption of the new government, we believe that we can work together to relaunch and strengthen bilateral economic relations, said the president and added that currently, Argentina is one of the island’s main trading partners in the region.

As Argentina is one of the largest economies in the region, we have not had the expected dynamism of the business of that country to participate in investments in Cuba, he emphasized.

On the other hand, he insisted on the importance of bilateral and triangular cooperation through the Project Scheme of the Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FOAR), taking into account the development plans of his country and the national provisions on cooperation international.

He highlighted the interest of continuing to work with Argentina to boost the actions of the Cuban pro tempore Presidency in ECLAC, in particular in matters of South-South cooperation and the synergy of the integration mechanisms of the region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

On behalf of the Pyme-Argentina Chamber, its president, Juan Amato, offered cooperation to ensure that Cuban products are present in Argentina while Diego Cifrelli, president of the milling industry, stressed that he has the great dream of being able to work with the island. Our mills are available, he said.

When taking the floor, the general director of the wholesale tour operator Julia Tour, Claudio Palacios, for example, advocated increasing the flights of the Cuban flag airline and the future possibility of Aerolineas Argentinas flying to the island.

Argentina is the fourth largest trading partner of Cuba in Latin America and the Caribbean and the ninth internationally, as well as the second largest issuer of tourists to the island in the region.

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