Canadian and Cuban Firms Sign Deals at Havana Trade Fair
- 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
She noted that 2005 has been particularly difficult for Cuba due to
devastating hurricanes which have damaged homes and put strains on
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.