Equatorial Guinea and Cuba to strengthen bilateral ties

Malabo, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and his Equatorial Guinean counterpart, Simeon Oyono Esono Angue, on Thursday ratified the will of both countries to strengthen bilateral relations.

During a meeting held in this capital, in a friendly atmosphere, the parties agreed on the need to enhance cooperation in areas such as health, education, agriculture and construction, diplomatic sources reported.

On this occasion, the Cuban Foreign Minister thanked Equatorial Guinea for its traditional support to the struggle for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba for more than 60 years.

He also reiterated Cuba’s unwavering commitment to support African causes.

The meeting was attended, on the Cuban side, among other personalities, by the deputy director of the General Directorate of Bilateral Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Angel Villa.

On the Equatoguinean side, Esono Angue was accompanied by Matias Nguema, Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, among other officials.

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Singer Haydee Milanes to close filin festival in Cuba

Havana, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) The World Filin Festival “Bohemia Mia” will close today the calendar of activities, in this capital, with the concert of Cuban singer Haydee Milanes, in charge of vindicating the values of this sonorous expression.

From the Artex Entre Dos/El Terrason Cultural Center, the singer, arranger and composer will put the finishing touch to three days of concerts, contests, colloquiums, sales and presentation of records, according to the official profile of the event on the social network Facebook.

Milanes stands out in the island’s music scene for her prolific career, in which she has made seven recordings, marked by a repertoire of diverse genres such as filin, bolero, song and jazz.

Daughter of Pablo Milanes, one of the founders of the Nueva Trova Movement, the singer has collaborated with important local figures such as Adalberto Alvarez, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Kelvis Ochoa, Isaac Delgado and Omara Portuondo, while she has formed duos with Fito Paez, Chico Buarque, and Julieta Venegas, among other foreign artists.

A few hours before the curtain comes down, the meeting also proposes an approach to the poetics of Filin and its performers, through a lecture by Jesus David Curbelo and the presentation of an audiovisual related to the subject.

Likewise, the outstanding figures of the island’s sound industry, Portuondo and Marta Valdés, will be recognized for their prolific work, while Ondina Mateo and Raul Araujo complete the program of shows.

Under the slogan El Filin esta en ti, Bohemia Mia Filin Festival promoted exchanges in various academic spaces and documentary exhibitions, while extolling the legacy of great figures of the Caribbean nation, such as Jose Antonio Mendez and Cesar Portillo de la Luz.

Directed by singer and composer Osdalgia Lesmes, the event was held in several Havana venues and included a contest focused on the work of composers, performers and instrumentalists, as well as the work of the guitarist as accompanist.

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French solidarity fund backs film production in Cuba

Havana, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The French Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects is developing today a cultural initiative aimed at boosting film production in Cuba and its dissemination through various platforms.

The presentation of this plan took place in the framework of the 23rd edition of the French Film Festival, which takes place in this capital until June 30 and hosts a varied agenda of film screenings, academic and industry exchanges, workshops and other activities.

According to the European nation’s cultural attaché on the island, Solen Rouillard, the initiative to support new cinemas and the Cuban film industry is part of the official development efforts that France has implemented in nearly 60 countries.

In the Cuban scenario, the project seeks to contribute, through a specific mechanism, to the strengthening of civil societies, with a quick and visible impact for the benefit of the population, according to the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (Icaic).

Likewise, the text reports that the plan will last for two years in the Caribbean Island and will support the new ways of making films nowadays, as well as the professionalization of the members of the seventh art industry and its international diffusion.

On the French side, the fund is backed by the National Audiovisual Institute, Cinemania, Campus Francia, the Alliance Française de Cuba, among others, while on the Cuban side are Icaic, the University of the Arts, the International Film School and the New Latin American Film Festival.

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Egypt, Cuba to address science and technology cooperation

Cairo, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Egypt and Cuba discussed issues regarding innovation and scientific research cooperation, the Cuban ambassador in El Cairo, Tania Aguiar, said on Wednesday.

On Twitter, the Cuban diplomat heaped praise on her meeting with Yasser Refaat, Deputy Minister of Higher Education in charge of Scientific Research, and Walaa Mohamed, from the Financial Authority for Innovation, Science and Technology.

During the meeting we were able to identify opportunities for collaboration between both countries, she stressed.

Aguiar was received last week by the Egyptian Higher education and Scientific Research Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffa, with whom she debated on higher education cooperation and scientific research issues.

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Cuba, EU reaffirm interest in fostering dialogues and cooperation

Brussels, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday reaffirmed their deep interest in promoting the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) signed in 2016, a stance ratified by the Director-General for the Americas of the European Foreign Action Service, Brian Glynn, and the Cuban Secretary of the Council of State, Homero Acosta.

Glynn and Acosta -who heads the Cuban delegation that is currently on a working visit to Belgium and the EU, addressed issues closely related to the strengthening of PDCA, under which Brussels and Havana have debated several issues in recent years.

The Cuban delegation also exchanged viewpoints with MEPs Tilly Metz, who heads the EU Delegation for Relations with Central America, as well as with Ignazio Corrao, from the Green Group.

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In the meetings, both sides reiterated there are sectors in which Cuba and EU can work together, including environment and the construction of a better world.

The PDCA paves the way to progress on other issues the EU far-right sectors are determined to boycott.

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Solidarity of Bridges of Love and US students headed to Cuba

Washington, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) With a milk powder cargo for Cuban pediatric hospitals, a group of 40 students from the United States will arrive in Havana on Wednesday along with the activist Carlos Lazo, coordinator of the Bridges of Love project.

The young people, who are also accompanied by some of their parents, are excited to lend a hand to the people of Cuba, Lazo told Prensa Latina shortly before leaving for Cuba from Miami.

He said that some 5,000 pounds of powdered milk will be delivered by the campaign of the organization Code Pink and Bridges of Love, which has already sent two other shipments for similar purposes.

This is a grain of sand in a sea of needs, but we can help and we will continue, no one stops us, the Cuban-American professor residing in Seattle said in January when he left for the Cuban capital with a donation of 15,000 pounds of the essential product for infant feeding.

In addition, in November 2021 they collected 18,000 pounds of milk that were allocated for daycare centers and nursing homes in the eastern provinces of Holguin, Granma, and Guantanamo.

The platform led by Lazo is part of the growing network of solidarity with Cuba in the United States that calls on the Joe Biden administration to return to the path of understanding between the two countries and that calls for the lifting of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed for more than 60 years.

During his term (2017-2021), President Donald Trump reversed the steps taken by Barack Obama (2009-2017) to normalize relations with Cuba and added 243 restrictive measures that tightened Washington’s unilateral blockade, exacerbated amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In mid-May, Biden announced a group of limited and insufficient measures that did not change the essence of the blockade.

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IFAD invests $170 million for agricultural development in Cuba

Havana, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has invested $170 million in Cuba for updating national agricultural production and development of sustainable agri-food systems, IFAD authorities reported on Tuesday.

After a 10-year cooperation by rolling out three important projects in Cuba, the increased in cultivated and irrigated areas as well as the implementation of good agricultural practices are major results of the technological and financial investment with loans and non-reimbursable funds from IFAD.

Such a cooperation, through Prodecor, Prodegan and Prodecafé programs, has positively impacted on 49 municipalities in the eastern provinces of Camagüey, Granma, Las Tunas, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo, and also benefitted as many as 562 agricultural cooperatives and 42 families, Juan Diego Ruiz, IFAD’s Agricultural Development Office Head, told the local press.

Ruiz said Cuba is considered as priority within IFAD’s development agendas in Latin America and the Caribbean, thus focused on the development of cooperatives for agricultural production to reach sustainable production and effective business management.

The IFAD´s member pointed out that among goals of these projects is to increase production and productivity of some strategic crops including corn and beans, two paramount components for the Cuban people´s staples – as well as coffee and cocoa-, and also to support the livestock progress so as to guarantee milk and meat output and sale.

IFAD´s representative stated that with Prodecor (Cooperative Rural Development Project), completed in January 2021, the number of irrigated land hectares ramped up to 6,000, cropped areas rose by 42% and over 300 jobs were created.

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Cuban doctors design equipment for cranial operations in children

Havana, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) The design by Cuban doctors of a craniotome, used in intracranial interventions in pediatric ages, today contributes to alleviate the damage caused to healthcare services in Cuba by the United States blockade.

The development of the tool, whose purpose is to facilitate access to the cranial cavity and reach the brain without risk to the patient, was possible thanks to the use of a small, high-speed electric motor, to which a complement was added that allows drilling into the bone, one of its managers told Granma daily.

According to Dr. Angel Camacho, a neurosurgeon at the Jose Luis Miranda Pediatric Hospital of the central province of Villa Clara, this instrument, which has facilitated surgeries in more than 400 children in the central region of Cuba, is the most widely used in pediatric neurosurgery, since 90 percent of interventions are intracranial.

Moreover, the source reported the creation of an extension to the same equipment allows to operate children under one year of age who suffer from very frequent diseases such as craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which the skull bones close prematurely.

Camacho assured that, to date, minors in the central region, from Matanzas to Ciego de Ávila, have benefited from this innovation.

Health services in Cuba are one of the most affected by the blockade that the United States has maintained against the island for more than 60 years.

According to figures recently released by the Ministry of Public Health, only between April 2018 and March 2019, the damage amounted to 104,148,178 dollars, a figure 6,123,498 dollars higher than in 2021.

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Cuban president assesses advances for power grid recovery

Santiago de Cuba, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday assessed progress of a strategy to recover the national grid, during a visit to the Antonio Maceo Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTE, in Spanish).

Talking to workers, the Cuban leader heaped praise on employees´ hard work, focused on sustaining present demand and completing maintenance in the units in operation.

According to the Presidency´s official Twitter account, the inclusion of Unit-6 is scheduled for coming Saturday, with which CTE must scale up its generation up to 244 Mwh, 64% of installed capacity.

Díaz-Canel noted that the inclusion of this unit is the first action to recover the national grid.

At present, the thermoelectric plant, also known as Renté, is producing 187 MWh, in other words, 49% of its capacity.

Cuba is going through a hard situation in this sector, with breakdowns in several thermoelectric plants and daily deficits in generation.

On Thursday, Diaz-Canel showed up on television condemning the economic, commercial and financial US blockade that hinders Cuba´s access to energy markets.

However, the president emphasized that his country always finds pathways to solve these impacts, and reported on an agreement that will allow several investments, which will provide more stability to the national grid.

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French parliamentary leader condemns blockade against Cuba

Paris, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) President of the Commission of Foreign Affairs of the French Senate, Christian Cambon, on Friday condemned the US blockade imposed on Cuba when he received Homero Acosta, secretary of Cuba’s National Assembly.

During this meeting, Cambon advocated for dialogue and cooperation and stressed that this US Cuba policy is not an acceptable solution.

The senator and Cuban deputy, who is also secretary of the Council of State, also discussed the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, a matter related to the bilateral ties.

In this regard, they agreed on the importance of working on strengthening ties at the parliamentary level and other fields.

Acosta heads a delegation of the Cuban National Assembly that has a broad agenda in France and will pay a visit to Brussels, Belgium, next week.

Cuban Ambassador Otto Vaillant also attended the meeting with Gambon at the Senate.

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