Buenos Aires, Apr 9 – Argentina and Cuba have possibilities to establish long term strategic relations based on complementary and mutually beneficial economic and trade opportunities, says Antonio Carricarte, Cuba’s First Deputy Minister on Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment.
The official, who is visiting Buenos Aires, met yesterday evening with Argentinian business representatives at the Cuban embassy here, to exchange information about the real potential for expanding and diversifying such ties.
Carricarte travelled to Argentina accompanied by BioCubaFarma First Vice President Dr. Jose Luis Fernandez, and representatives from the Ministry of Public Health and the Alimport firm, amid the increased expectations aroused in this country by the new Cuban Investment Law.
That meeting was the culmination of day filled with such meetings, with the highlight being the warm welcome from Argentinian Vice President Amado Boudou to the Cuban delegation. Boudou and the Cuban delegation held a fruitful conversation about bilateral ties, Carricarte said.
The Argentinian vice president stated that the two countries have the potential to jointly strengthen an advanced biotechnological industry in the Mariel development zone, in western Cuba, to supply the Central American and Caribbean market.
He also stated that Argentina and Cuba may interact jointly in third countries as a complementation and support mechanism.
The Cuban committee also met with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by its president, Ruperto Godoy, and Deputy Health Minister Gabriel Yedlin.
Carricarte encouraged Argentina to increase its Cuban imports, especially in bio-medicines and comprehensive health programs, thereby increasing Cuba’s capacity to purchase additional Argentinian products through an agreement to exchange medicines for food.
Argentinian Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao, will receive the Cuban delegation today, and the delegation will travel to La Plata to meet with authorities from the Buenos Aires province.
Source: Prensa Latina