Pretoria, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and South Africa signed an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement on Thursday in the fields of Animal and Plant Health, the Cuban Embassy reported.
The agreement was inked by South African Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Angela Thokozile Didiza and Cuban Ambassador Enrique Orta Gonzalez.
The deal will increase information exchange on animal diseases and plant pests, prevention measures and regulations and the training, research and exchange of experts, which will contribute to better control of agricultural and food production in both countries.
It will also contribute to strengthening and intensifying commercial relations, thus diversifying exports and imports of agricultural products in mutually advantageous and safe conditions.
After the signing ceremony at the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development in Pretoria, the South African minister thanked Cuba for its contribution to the fight against Apartheid and continuing assisting South Africa after the defeat of that regime by developing a number of cooperation projects. She said that the Cuban and South African peoples have proven how much progress can be made by addressing common challenges collectively.
For his part, the Cuban ambassador highlighted the practical importance of the new agreement and stressed that it is a continuation of the ideals and legacy of historic leaders Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, and the willingness of both peoples to strengthen their historic ties and deep friendship.