Cuba strengthens trade and economic ties with Eurasian block

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Cuba strengthens trade and economic ties with member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) affected by the incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero.

Speaking via videoconference at the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, based in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the Caribbean leader stressed that cooperation in the fields of health and biotechnology are progressing at a good pace through the promotion of the use of Cuban medicines, recognized by some member states of the Union.

In that sense, Marrero highlighted the participation of the Caribbean nation as an observer in the Pharmacopoeia Committee of the Eurasian Economic Council, a favorable platform for the mutual exchange of points of view on issues related to health and related technical standards.

He also highlighted the progress of exchanges between representatives of the Mariel Special Development Zone and the Eurasian Economic Commission, in order to learn about the experience of each of the parties in anticipation of establishing a joint trade relationship.

In this regard, he highlighted the interest of four countries of the block in the creation of an EAEU Industrial Park in Antillean territory.

The Caribbean premier stressed that the Cuban authorities are aware of the need to accelerate the implementation of projects in the agricultural sector related to the production and marketing of cow’s milk and chicken meat.

In that line, he added that Havana presented to the partners designated by the Eurasian Economic Commission as a proposal two projects on the priority objectives of the Cuban economy.

Marrero took advantage of the meeting to invite once again the member states of the Council to participate in the thirty-eighth Havana International Fair (FIHAV 2022), to be held from November 14 to 18 of this year.

He argued that the event is the most important general trade exchange in Cuba and the Caribbean and one of the most representative in Latin America, making it an excellent business platform for new and established companies.

«Havana will warmly welcome the representatives of the Eurasian area in the framework of the fair, which will provide an opportunity to expand the exchange between entrepreneurs in areas of mutual interest,» the prime minister emphasized.

He also reaffirmed the Cuban government’s willingness to work for the fulfillment of the tasks outlined by the Eurasian Economic Union.

Cuba participated for the first time in this organization on December 11, 2020, when it was granted the status of Observer State.

The island maintains close relations of friendship and cooperation with the nations that make up the EAEU (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia) and attaches special significance to the development of multifaceted cooperation with the block.

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