Uruguay, Cuba to Strengthen Economic, Commercial Ties

Montevideo, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Uruguay and Cuba pointed out the need to strengthen the economic, commercial, cooperation, cultural and political ties, official sources reported today.

This was revealed by the Uruguayan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ariel Bergamino, to the Secretariat of Institutional Communication of the Presidency, referring to the 9th Meeting of the Mechanism of Political Consultations between Montevideo and Havana, held on the island on May 23 last.

In this meeting, which was chaired by the Cuban side by the Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Sierra, several issues related to bilateral relations were reviewed.

The meeting studied the possibility that the National Cooperative of Milk Producers (Conaprole) increases its milk powder export quota and completes a dairy production project on the Caribbean island, the source said.

Bergamino said, in this regard, that Conaprole has an interest ‘in increasing that quota’ and exploring a project for the production of dairy products in Cuba, whose feasibility phase is under study at this time.

He stressed that this venture will allow entering the Cuban market with other products.

The Uruguayan Deputy Foreign Minister said that his government is trying to open doors, establish frameworks for the commercial relationship, ‘but it is not the one who does business.’

When referring to the bilateral relations between Uruguay and Cuba, he said that they are ‘at a very good level of development and interaction’, which ‘satisfies and encourages governments to continue moving forward.’

Other issue addressed at the Havana’s meeting was the migration, due to the increase of Cuban emigrants to this country in recent years, said the Deputy Foreign Minister.

Last year, Uruguay sold products worth 53 million dollars to Cuba, mainly milk powder and rice, in amounts ascending in recent years, in addition to medicines, transformers and electrical equipment, according to official data.

For its part, the island sold goods to the South American country for less than a million dollars, including medicines and small amounts of rum and tobacco.

Uruguay held these political consultation meetings with Peru, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and China, and similar instances will soon take place with Russia, Azerbaijan and Bolivia, according to the source.

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