Havana, Cuba, May 10.- Cuba is boosting the export of vaccines, pharmaceutical products, and health care services to South Africa, said on Monday the head of International Relations of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Celia Labora.
Labora, participating in the Second Cuba-South Africa Business Forum at Havana’s Hotel Nacional, explained that the export of Cuban goods and services to foreign markets is a priority for the Caribbean island.
She noted that both countries are taking forward agreements for the commercialization in South Africa of Heberport P, a Cuban product very efficient in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.
During the event, Cuban and South African representatives discussed new cooperation opportunities in the fields of tourism, oil, mining, energy, biotechnology, telecommunications, culture, and agriculture, among others.
By the end of 2010, only 4 % of Cuba’s commercial partners were Africans; and that’s the reason why Havana is boosting trade towards this market.
The Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Antonio Carricarte, noted that, taking into account the current economic situation worldwide, commercial relations should be used as a means for the peoples’ development.
The president of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Estrella Madrigal, said that Cuba offers South Africa vaccines against different types of cancer, projects for the installation of hospitals, solar heaters, small hydroelectric power stations, and other products in the energy sector.
The South African ambassador to Cuba, Justice Piitso, urged participants in the forum to materialize actions so as to attain tangible results in short and medium terms, for the improvement of the quality of life in both nations. (acn).