Francois Hollande arrived in Havana late Sunday, the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century.
The visit is aimed at boosting French and European Union interests in Cuba, which has undergone gradual economic and social reforms under Castro.
The French leader said removing the embargo was key to opening Cuba up to the rest of the world, adding that despite the move toward thawing relations with Washington, economic barriers remain.
“There are still a lot of measures in place that block trade and business,” Hollande said. Publish by Business Insider
“Cuban President Raul Castro has made a rare visit to the Vatican where he met Pope Francis. Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman, reporting from Havana, says Sunday’s meeting in Rome doesn’t just signal closer ties but also left Cuba’s communist leader inspired.
Koenders talks about opportunities and the road ahead in Cuba. He is keen to step up cooperation with the country. ‘The road Cuba has been following creates opportunities for us to expand our good relationship with it and to identify new opportunities,’ said the minister, who referred to the visit as ‘historic’.
We’re thinking of exchanging knowledge on increasing agricultural production, offering expertise on water management and airport security, and sharing information on preventive health care,’ the minister said.
‘The cooperation between our two countries offers many opportunities for businesses throughout the Kingdom,’ the minister believes. In June and July there will be trade missions to Cuba from Aruba and Curaçao, heralding new transport links between the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom and Cuba.
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Cupet´s drilling director Rafael Tenreyro said that upcoming projects aimed at the northern territory of Cuba, particularly the western area. He also announced a recently approved exploration project for the northern coast in the zone between Cuba and the Bahamas, which allows studies similar to those underway in the Gulf of Mexico to identify local oil potential.
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Cuba is, per se, a perfect destination for sea lovers. Throughout its 70 thousand square kilometer platform, this Caribbean archipelago treasures a natural environment with unique beauty and a good infrastructure for the development of a tourism modality that is still unexploited.
Among the projects offered to foreign investors is the management contracts of marine and nautical services with recognized companies in the world aimed at increasing the level of quality of these spaces.
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Cuba´s First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel received this Thursday morning the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bert Koenders.
During the meeting, both leaders spoke of the good bilateral relations, the growth in trade between the two countries, as well as the new investment possibilities in Cuba for Dutch entrepreneurs.
Mr Koenders was accompanied by his Deputy for the Western Hemisphere Matthijs C. Wolters and Ambassador to Cuba Norbertus W. M. Braakhuis.
On the Cuban side participated First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina; Elio Rodríguez, director of Europe and Canada division of the Foreign Ministry and other staff members.
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