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Cuba subscribes to ASEAN Friendship Treaty



Hanoi, Nov. 13.- A Singaporean academic today described Cuba's adherence to the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as very important for its development in the field of health.

The advances in the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology in Cuba are remarkable and that is one of the countries with the most comprehensive public health system in the world, said Dr. Collin Koh, from the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

I believe that the nations of Southeast Asia can be beneficiaries of that potential, Koh told the Vietnamese news agency (VNA), in the framework of the XXXVII Asean Summit.

South Africa and Colombia (the other two countries recently admitted to the treaty, known by the acronym TAC) are two important economies, but Cuba can contribute a lot in that regard, especially in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the academic added.

On Tuesday, when signing Cuba's accession from Havana, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez suggested the possibility of cooperating with the bloc in biotechnology and pharmacy, the provision of medical services and the creation of alliances for the production of the island's vaccine candidates against Covid-19.

Also, in the export of professional services, the teaching of the Spanish language, culture, sports and the confrontation with climate change.

Cuba was the first Caribbean country to join the Asean TAC, a bloc that groups Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Of the treaty, born in February 1976 in Bali, Indonesia, 43 States are subscribers. (Text and photo: PL)