Rodrigo Malmierca Author: Cubadebate
Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca begins an official visit to Panama aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and cooperation in various sectors, especially biopharmaceuticals.
The Cuban official, who arrived the day before in the Central American country from Colombia, will meet with his counterpart Federico Alfaro, who visited the Caribbean country last January with Foreign Minister Janahina Tevani.
He will also hold meetings with Panamanian and Cuban businessmen living on the isthmus, where he will highlight the Caribbean country’s portfolio of foreign investment projects, new trade opportunities and the island’s export offer, with a particular focus on the biopharmaceutical sector.
Malmierca is accompanied by Secretary General of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce Omar Fernandez; and Aylen Diaz, Export Director of Biocubafarma, who will be hosted by Manuel Ferreira, Director of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama.
At the end of the visit, which will end on Saturday, February 25, Malmierca and the delegation, which also includes Cuban Ambassador to the Isthmus Victor Cairo, will get acquainted with members of the state mission, the National Coordinator of Solidarity with Cuba, members of public organizations and the Association of Cuban Residents of Marti in Panama.
On January 28, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama was received in Havana by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel after participating in the closing ceremony of the Forum for the Balance of the World.
At this meeting, Diaz-Canel emphasized that this was the first visit of such a level under the current government, which we assess as a gesture, the head of state said, which, in his opinion, could become an important milestone in bilateral relations between the two countries.
Diaz-Canel expressed his desire to strengthen the political and diplomatic dialogue, as well as to move forward in all areas that we highlight, in which we can have trade and economic cooperation. In this sense, the president considered it possible to work together in such areas as healthcare, education and culture.
He also highlighted the long tradition of friendship and respect between the two countries; and took the opportunity to send a warm welcome to the President of Panama, Laurentino Cortiso, and an invitation to visit Cuba when his schedule permits.
For his part, Tewani highlighted the cooperation that Cuba and Panama maintain in various aspects and detailed some of the activities during his stay and in particular the presence of the Minister of Trade and Industry in his delegation as a sign of his intention to achieve a balanced trade balance and support in everything you need.
Panama has historically supported the resolution that Cuba has been presenting in the United Nations General Assembly since 1992 condemning the blockade imposed by the United States for more than six decades.
Currently, cooperation extends not only to the economic and commercial sectors, but also in the field of training, education and science.
Source: Juventud Rebelde