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Angola and Cuba to expand economic ties

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Angola and Cuba to expand economic tiesHAVANA, Cuba, Apr 16 (ACN) Cuba and Angola need to expand their economic and trade relations to the level of those existing in the political and diplomatic fields, senior officials of the two countries said in a meeting held in Luanda, capital of the African country.

The assertion was made by the vice-president of the Cuban Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas, in his capacity as co-president of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission between the two countries, and his Angolan counterpart, Minister of State and Head of State of the Civil House of the President of the Republic, Frederico Cardoso, reported the agency Prensa Latina.
During the inaugural session of the XIV session of the Joint Commission, with closing scheduled for next Wednesday, Cabrisas expressed interest in deepening bilateral ties on the occasion of the Angolan president's next visit to Havana.
With this purpose it is necessary to intensify the work of both parties in the preparation of the documents that will be signed during this stay, he said in the presence of Cardoso, the Chancellor Manuel Augusto and the delegations of the two countries.
He called for joint work to ensure the presence of Angolan companies on the island as part of Cuba's strategy to encourage foreign investment in development plans until 2030.
He also expressed the desire to include Cuban cooperation in the different axes of the National Development Plan 2018-2022, especially in education, development of human resources, health, social assistance and protection, housing, culture and sports.
We must work to expand relations between our chambers of commerce and companies, the 37th edition of the International Fair of Havana, to be held in November this year, will be a propitious moment for this, we hope to have the participation of Angolan businessmen, Cabrisas remarked after highlighting the presence of more than two thousand Cuban collaborators throughout Angola and the graduation in the Caribbean nation of tens of thousands of Angolans.
This session, he stressed, will further strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and solidarity between our governments and peoples, and will allow economic relations to be brought up to the level of the excellent political ties existing between our countries.
In the meantime, Cardoso exhorted to take advantage of the meeting as a contribution to the sustainable development of the two countries as a result of the exchange, the transmission of knowledge and experiences, and the fulfillment of the obligations contracted in the agreements in force.
After recalling that bilateral friendship was put to the test on the battlefields for independence, the protection of sovereignty and the various economic sectors, he said that today's challenges demand no less capacity to live up to commitments.
We want, he added, an improvement in the competitiveness of our countries in an increasingly demanding international economy, sometimes excluding and still dominated by unequal exchange, he said.
Cuba and Angola have maintained diplomatic relations since November 1975, when the African country came to independence.

 

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