HAVANA, November 4 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia is among 10 main trade partners of Cuba, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investments of the country Orlando Hernandez said speaking at the “Day of Russia” which was held within the framework of the 29th International Fair in Havana.
According to him, the year of 2011 witnesses a growth of exports and imports between Russia and Cuba. According to the data at the end of September, the volume of bilateral trade exceeded the level of the same period in 2010 by four percent. Hernandez pointed to the successful implementation of joint Russian-Cuban projects in the field of oil extraction and production of nickel. “These results make it possible to look with confidence at the future of our bilateral relations in the field of trade and economy,” he stressed.
“The interest in our exposition on the part of Cuban colleagues is rather high,” ambassador of Russia to Cuba Mikhail Kamynin told journalists. He said that not only native companies, which have been working in the Caribbean country for a long time, but new organizations striving to “enter the perspective Cuban market, too” are presented at the forum. Kamynin expressed the hope that the “Day of Russia” will allow “our business circles to find Cuban partners, sign promising contracts” and thus promote the development of bilateral trade and economic relations.
“We are very glad that Russia is present at the fair and organized such an event,” Hernandez said answering Russian journalists’ questions. He added that this is “an expression of the will to continue to work and develop relations with Cuba.” According to him, if there are efforts on the part of the governments and entrepreneurs of the two countries, they will reach “a very high level.” Among the most perspective fields of bilateral cooperation, Hernandez named the oil and mining sectors, biochemistry, energy and tourism. “Many years of very close relations created the grounds and conditions for developing interaction at present,” he said in conclusion.
About 20 Russian companies, including Zarubezhneft, KAMAZ, Russian Paints, as well as a number of other enterprises engaged in motor-car construction, machine-building, production of different kinds of electro-technical equipment and energy-saving materials, take part in the Havana fair.
All in all, more than 1,500 firms from 57 countries take part in the fair. The most numerous delegations arrived from Spain, China and Italy. The total area of the exposition amounted to 13,000 square metres. The fair will last until November 5.