HAVANA, Nov 5 (ACN) Juan Carlos Garcia, First Deputy Minister of Tourism of Cuba, told Canadian businessmen present at the 37th Havana International Fair, FIHAV 2019, his country's willingness to continue strengthening ties with that North American nation.
During the celebration of Canada's national day, attended by Perry John Calderwood, Ottawa's ambassador to Havana, Garcia said that both countries have faced numerous challenges over the years and are in the best disposition to continue to do so in order to overcome the current difficulties.
In terms of trade relations, he noted that in late 2018 goods trade in both directions registered a 25 percent growth over the same period in 2017.
Last year Canada ranked fourth among the main trading partners of Cuba in the world, a position it has maintained this year, and out of the 35 Canadian companies represented in 21 stands at FIHAV 2019, nine are attending the commercial exchange for the first time and another 10 are not exhibiting but visiting the fair, Canadian ambassador remarked.
Garcia expressed his hope that FIHAV 2019 will strengthen ties and expand them in areas of interest, with enormous potential such as renewable energy, water resources, mining, medicines, biotechnology and tourism.