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The President of the Central Bank of Cuba’s successful visit to Italy

Havana, Sep 19. -The Minister president of the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC), Irma Margarita Martínez Castrillón, concluded this Wednesday a three-day visit to Italy, during which she met with representatives from financial institutions, entrepreneurs, and personalities of the Government and the State.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Martínez described as satisfactory the results of her stay, in which she confirmed the will of the Italian part of further deepening bilateral relations in areas of common interest, especially in the priorities of the island's development plans up to 2030.

He added that the meetings enabled her to present the damages caused to her country by the unjust and criminal economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States for almost 60 years.

In this regard she pointed out that she emphasized the impact caused to the Cuban banking system by the intensification of the blockade in regards of the financial persecution, "what certainly puts our institutions in disadvantage compared to the rest of the world".

On the other hand, the Minister said that she perceived a great interest in their partners, especially on the constitutional reform process "in which our country is immersed right now, through a widely popular consultation".

During the visit, Martínez met with the Minister of Economy and Finance, Giovanni Tría, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Economic Development, Michele Geraci and the undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Riccardo Merlo.

She also spoke to the general director of the Bank of Italy, Salvatore Rossi, the managing director of the Italian Export Credit Agency, Alessandro Decio, and the chairmen of the Committee of Foreign Relations of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, Marta Grande and Vito Petrocelli, respectively.

She also held meetings with officials from other bank entities and the Cuba-Italia Business Committee, always accompanied by her boss's office, Maritza Martínez.

The delegation from the Caribbean nation was also composed by its Ambassador in Italy, José Carlos Rodríguez, the Minister Counselor Jorge Luis Alfonzo and the Economic and Commercial Counselor, Emma Liens. (PL) (Foto: Archivo de ACN)