Cuba, Guyana reach work assistance deal

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 27, 2008 – Cuba and Guyana have reached agreement on a work programme that will see Georgetown benefiting form assistance in several areas including agriculture, education and sports.

A statement from the Guyana Information Agency revealed that the two sides reached agreement during the 24th Session of the Guyana/Cuba Joint Commission on Economic and Technical Co-operation which concluded on Tuesday.

“They agreed on a biennial work programme for the 2008/2009 period with focus on strengthening the existing co-operation programmes and developing areas of mutual interest,” it said.

Discussions centered on co-operation in the health, agriculture, transport and marine affairs, culture and sports, education and trade. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry John Isaacs, who led Guyana’s delegation as well as Cuba’s Vice-Minister within the Ministry of Foreign Investment and International Collaboration Orlando Requijo Gual expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the talks.

Mr Gual said Cuba and Guyana have enjoyed good relations for over 30 years as part of the south-south co-operation which has enhanced the future of both countries.

The two established diplomatic relations in 1972.