An opportunity that repeats history

Cuba and Angola reaffirmed the historical bilateral relationship that unites both countries in the 15th century. The meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, an event that continues this Friday and began the day before in Havana, chaired by Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and Angolan Minister of State Adao Francisco Correia de Almeida.

Cuba and Angola today are committed to strengthening bilateral relations and opening a new cycle in bilateral cooperation so that it reaches the level of their deep bonds of friendship, representatives of both sides confirmed, according to Prensa Latina.

The meeting of delegations will focus on nine axes or key sectors to evaluate results and forecasts, and await the signing of three legal documents.

An important point is the progress in negotiations on the creation of a bilateral economic agenda, an instrument that should project relations not only in the short term, but also in the medium and long term, said Cuban Vice Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas.

“We are convinced that we must strive to find a way to complement our economies in order to achieve the strategic goals that we have proposed,” he stressed.

Francisco Correa de Almeida, Minister of State and Head of the Civic Chamber under the President of the Republic of Angola and co-chair of the Adão session, for his part, stressed the importance of working to adapt the relationship model to the challenges of the present.

“We must create conditions for expanding trade exchanges so that Angolan investments in Cuba are more like island investments in an African nation. We need to expand areas of cooperation in order to open up new areas and receive mutual benefits,” he added.

In this regard, Cabrisas noted that foreign investment is a vital sector for deepening and developing economic ties, as well as for finding opportunities that can even be projected onto the geographical environment of both countries: Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa.

In addition to considering the status of cooperation, the parties should move forward in ratifying or updating the conventions, agreements and memorandums of understanding that are still under consideration, as well as new agreements that cover all possible sectors, the Vice Prime Minister of the island indicated. .

Both delegations underlined the historical bonds of friendship and solidarity among peoples forged in the common struggle to preserve the independence of Angola and mutual support in difficult situations and in the pursuit of development.

Currently, a total of 2,058 Cuban employees provide professional services in Angola, mainly in the sectors of health, higher education, defense, energy, industry, internal order and water resources.

Likewise, more than 9,800 Angolan students have graduated from the Caribbean country and 150 more are studying.

In August 2022, both representatives met in Luanda, the capital of Angola, to review economic and cooperative relations between the two countries, as well as agree on a schedule for the work of this intergovernmental commission.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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