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Cuba and South Africa Upgrade Economic Links

(Three Takes)


Raul Castro Meets South African President

By Ileana Ferrer Fonte
Prensa Latina
December 7, 2010



Cuba's President Raul Castro held official talks with
his South African peer Jacob Zuma at the Palace of the
Revolution, in which they dealt with bilateral and
international issues.

Cuba and South Africa for Better Economic Links

The visitor was awarded with the Jose Marti Order, the
highest decoration given by Cuba.

After the protocol ceremony, the two presidents
analyzed the excellent state of bilateral relations,
expressing the common purpose to continue strengthening
them, as well as discussed several international

South African Foreign and Cooperation Minister Nkoana-
Mashabane, Cuban Vice President of the Council of State
Esteban Lazo and acting Foreign Minister Marcelino
Medina also attended the meeting.

Zuma traveled to Cuba with the aim of expanding
relations with the Caribbean island, particularly on
the economic and trade fields. The two countries enjoy
very good political bonds since they established
diplomatic relations in 1994.


Zuma Closes South Africa-Cuba Forum
By Ileana Ferrer Fonte
Prensa Latina
December 7, 2010



South African President Jacob Zuma is attending on
Tuesday in this capital the final session of the
business forum between his country and Cuba, opened on
Monday with nearly one hundred businessmen from both

According to the forum's agenda, South African Ministry
of Industry and Trade Robert Davies; Business Unity
South Africa (BUSA) vice president, Mthunzi Mdwaba, and
Cuba's Chamber of Commerce President Estrella Madrigal,
among others, addressed the meeting.

Participants held extensive exchange in negotiation
rounds on agriculture, energy, mining and oil,
construction and infrastructure, medical-pharmaceutical
industry, and on information technology.

Cuban Minister for Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo
Malmierca stated the South African market is full of
potentials for the Caribbean nation, and called to
invigorate its presence, according to both countries'
interests and possibilities.

Davies highlighted the importance of strengthening the
links and takes them to an excellent level, the same
the political relations now have.

He said there are potentials to promote greater
investment of South African capital in the island, in
sectors such as energy industry, extraction of nickel
and other minerals, tourism and biotechnology.

The forum, organized by the CCC and BUSA, proved there
are real potential for cooperation in construction,
energy, mining, sugar cane industry, medicine and
pharmacy, and other sectors, are analyzed.


Cuba and South Africa for Better Economic Links

December 7, 2010



More than 50 businessmen from South Africa started a
forum to strengthen the commercial and economic links
in the frame of the visit of South African President
Jacob Zuma.

The reunion is organized by the Cuban Chamber of
Commerce and the Business Unity South Africa.

Possible cooperation in construction, energy, mining,
agriculture, industry, medicine and pharmacy, among
other sectors, are analyzed.

South African Ministry of Industry and Trade, Robert
Davies, highlighted the importance of strengthening the
links and take them to an excellent level, the same the
political relations now have.

Davies said that though the exchange has grown in the
last years, it is quite below the real possibilities,
and there is a long path to go, still.

He expressed the interest of the South African
entrepreneurs to participate in the development of
tourism and other sectors like oil and renewable energy
in Cuba.

Cuban Minister for Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo
Malmierca said that for Cuba, the South African market
is full of vitality, so he called for strengthening its

He said that the Cuban government is working to
increase efficiency and promote export operations and
import replacement.

At the beginning of the forum Cuban Chamber of Commerce
president Estrella Madrigal said this is the third
occasion in the last two years in which meetings
between delegations from both countries meet each

"It is our purpose that this meeting contributes to
materialize wealthy and advantageous businesses, and
the possibility to identify new changes for business,"
she stated.

The initial stage of the meeting will conclude on
Tuesday, including presentations on the panorama of the
South African economy and the chances for businesses in


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