Havana, Cuba, Nov 1.- The general director of the government-run Institute of Foreign Trade of Spain, Francisco Landa, said Monday in Havana that his country is looking to strengthen commercial relations with Latin America and especially with Cuba.
Landa made the statements in one of the four pavilions showcasing Spanish products at the Havana’s International Trade Fair FIHAV 2011 that kicked off Monday. Spain boasts the largest exhibition area in this year’s event, promoting products of the energy, chemical, sports and tourism sectors.
According to Granma newspaper, this is the first time a governmental institution is in charge of organizing the Spanish exhibition in this type of events. Landa said the Institute assumed the task with purpose of providing support to the Spanish entrepreneurs.
According to Landa, Cuba is Spain’s fourth exports destination in the continent, even before strong candidate Argentina.
He said the effort to provide governmental support to the businesspersons from his nation seeks to fill the institutional gap in the commercial relation between both nations which has been remarkably and traditionally developed for a long time now.
At present, more than 200 Spanish firms have permanent offices in Cuba, making up one third of the business representations in the country in 21 sectors of the national economy.
The 29th edition of FIHAV was inaugurated October 31 in the presence of Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero, and the Deputy Minster for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Antonio Luis Carricarte, who highlighted the importance of the strengthening of commercial relations with the European nation. (acn).