Representatives of the agricultural business sector of Cuba and the United States analyze in Havana the opportunities for exchange between producers of both countries.
The III U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Conference is taking place in a context of a tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island by Washington.
At the opening of the event, the president of the U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Coalition, Paul Johnson, stated that the blockade of Cuba harms farmers in both countries, and called for taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the recent creation of MSMEs in Cuba to produce together and invest in capital and knowledge.
The large presence of delegates in this room proves that there is a willingness in Cuba and the U.S. to work together to resolve difficulties in bilateral agricultural trade, Jonhson said.
He said that agriculture is the most important sector in the economic and trade relations of the two countries and urged that the conference be developed in the spirit that “alone we can go faster, but together we can go further. .
The president of Cuba’s Agricultural Business Group, Frank Castañeda, updated the U.S. delegation on the transformations taking place on the island in the sector, the creation of new agricultural enterprises and cooperatives, as well as the possibility of exporting their products to the United States.
Johana Tablada, deputy director of the U.S. General Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), referred to the permanent support of the Agricultural Coalition, despite the hostile policy of the U.S. government against our country.
Los agricultores estadounidenses siempre han estado en el lado correcto de la historia de las relaciones entre Cuba y EE.UU., enfatizó Tablada.
The Minrex official updated those present on the state of bilateral relations and advocated that Cuban farmers should have equal rights to sell their products in the U.S.
La III Conferencia Agrícola Cuba-EE.UU. sesionará hasta el 8 de abril en el Hotel Valentín de La Habana.
Durante el día de hoy, empresarios y productores de ambos países discutirán en mesas técinas sobre la producción de alimentos como arroz, trigo, maíz, frijoles, leche y pollo.
The Chamber of Commerce and the Cuban Ministries of Foreign Trade and Investment and Agriculture will inform visitors about trade and foreign investment opportunities in the sector.