New mechanism between Angola and Cuba to boost cooperation

Luanda, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Angola and Cuba implemented today in this capital a new mechanism to expand and diversify bilateral relations, with particular emphasis on the economy, trade, finances, and investment.

An executive secretariat was established, responsible for speeding up the implementation of the commitments signed by both States within the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation.

This meeting is being held at the Angolan Foreign Ministry, headed by Secretary of State for International Cooperation and Communities of Angola Domingo Custodio Vieira, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment of Cuba (MINCEX) Ileana Nuñez.

The Cuban delegation is made up of Ambassador Esther Armenteros and other high officials; while the Angolan delegation is made up of Secretary of State for Finance and Treasury Osvaldo Victorio, and important officials of several ministries.

According to Custodio Vieira, the operation of an executive secretariat is an important step to constitute a new dynamic that allows for the strengthening of bilateral cooperation.

The efforts of that working team should help achieve different joint initiatives, Vieira assured, who also acknowledged the historic brotherhood and ties of solidarity between the two nations.

According to the Cuban deputy minister, bilateral relations were considerably boosted in 2019 due to the visit to Havana of Angolan President João Lourenço in July, and the celebration of the XIV session of the Cuba-Angola Inter-Ministerial Commission for Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, which was held from April 15-17 in Luanda.

The agreements discussed by officials allowed the deepening of the political, economic, financial, commercial, scientific-technical, cultural, solidarity, and friendship relations, she noted.

Nuñez spoke of the advances of the Cuban economic and social development model, in spite of the tightening of the economic, financial, and commercial blockade imposed by the US, the new measures of the Trump administration and the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, of a marked extraterritorial nature.

Amid that scenario, Cuba carries out several cooperation programs based on the means available. More than 2,000 collaborators currently provide their services in Angola, in sectors like healthcare and education; and more than 1,000 young Angolans are majoring in different specialties in Cuba.

The deputy minister believes that the heroic pages of history written by Angolan and Cuban fighters are part of the legacy left to present and future generations and inspire them to work for the benefit of both peoples.

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