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Canadian and Cuban Firms Sign Deals at Havana Trade Fair

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  • Walter Lippmann
    Canadian and Cuban Firms Sign Deals at Havana Trade Fair Havana, Nov 1 (AIN) Canadian companies signed three contracts with Cuba s ALIMPORT import company
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      Canadian and Cuban Firms Sign Deals at Havana Trade Fair

      Havana, Nov 1 (AIN) Canadian companies signed three contracts with
      Cuba's ALIMPORT import company during day one of the Havana
      International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2005) in the Cuban capital on Monday.

      The signing of the contracts took place during the inaugural ceremony
      at the Canadian Pavilion which includes an area of 700 square meters
      at the Expocuba Exhibition Center.

      Alexandra Buxailiskis, Canada's ambassador in Havana, said that the
      participation of over 40 firms and organizations from her country at
      the trade fair is an example of the growing economic relations with
      the island.

      She noted that 2005 has been particularly difficult for Cuba due to
      devastating hurricanes which have damaged homes and put strains on
      the economy.

      Buxailiskis pointed out that Canada is committed to cooperating with
      Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation to
      identify the areas in which Canada can help in the recovery.

      Canada's Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Agricultural Products,
      Andrew Marsland, praised the commercial development with Cuba aimed
      at strengthening ties for future negotiations.

      Cuba's Foreign Trade Minister, Raul de la Nuez, recalled that Canada
      and Mexico were the only nations of the continent that maintained
      diplomatic relations with Cuba when in the 1960s Washington exerted
      pressure in Latin America to break ties with the island. He said that
      gesture will never be forgotten by the Cuban people.

      The official added that these ties are an example of how relations
      between the South and a rich nation like Canada should be. Canada is
      the island's third leading commercial partner, tied with Spain.

      Participating at the opening of the Canadian pavilion was Maria del
      Carmen Perez, Interim Agriculture Minister, Alejandro Roca who heads
      the Food Industry and Pedro Alvarez, President of ALIMPORT.

      During FIHAV 2005, which runs through November 5, important
      commercial transactions are expected to be signed between Cuba and
      the numerous foreign companies present.
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