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Tuesday, May 09, 2006 

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Belize and Cuba sign working agreement

Belmopan - 08 May, 2006. Government officials of Belize and Cuba have signed a working agreement at the end of the Ninth Session of the Joint Commission for Economic and Technical Cooperation.

Such agreement will ensure the continuation and strengthening of bilateral relations between Cuba and Belize.

This is a result of an intensive two day meeting between Government officials and leading public officers of Belize and Cuba, in which they analyzed the countries’ working relationship and discussed ways it could be enhanced.

The main areas of cooperation between Cuba and Belize are health and education, but at this year’s the Joint Commission for Economic and Technical Cooperation, key representatives of Ministries such as Home Affairs, Human Development and Agriculture & Fisheries also participated to maximize from the opportunities offered by Cuba. There were also representatives of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), Port Authority and Social Security of Belize.
Signing for Belize was Hon. Eamon Courtenay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; and Ing. Loretta Blanco, Deputy Minister of Foreign Investments and Collaboration for Cuba.

In his address at the Joint Commission’s closing ceremony, Hon. Courtenay praised the Government of Cuba for their generous and selfless contributions to the Government and people of Belize. He noted that Belize and Cuba share distinct and extraordinary relations. “Our relations are marked by true and clear manifestations of action,” he stated.

Hon. Courtenay also thanked the Government of Cuba for their continued support of Belize’s territorial sovereignty and said that Belize will continue to give its unflinching support to the Cuban Government and people on their right to govern their independent country.

The Tenth Session of the Joint Commission for Economic and Technical Cooperation will be held in Havana, Cuba in 2007.

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