Japan donates $ 19.7 million to Cuba for agriculture and environment

 Japan donates $ 19.7 million to Cuba for agriculture and environmentHAVANA, Mar 11 (EFE)  Cuba and Japan signed two donations from the Asian country in Havana for a total value of $ 19.7 million for projects to improve waste managementand technological development of production Of rice on the Caribbean island.

Foreign Minister Rodrigo Malmierca said that these projects will contribute to the economic progress of the country in sectors such as agriculture and infrastructure and mark the beginning of a cooperation that both nations wish to develop.

He also announced that the next meeting of the Cuba-Japan Bilateral Private Cooperation Committee will be held in early 2018, official media reported today.

Malmierca and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kentaro Sonoura, signed the exchanges of notes that made official the donations of the Japanese government to Cuba.

Sonoura agreed that the current projects are a starting point for consolidating the partnership and said Japan hopes to move further to strengthen those ties.

The Japanese donations are aimed at acquiring agricultural equipment to develop technology for producing rice seeds, staple food in the Cuban diet, and trucks dedicated to waste collection to improve the environmental situation in Havana.

Minister Sonoura heads the delegation of her country that attends as a guest the Ministerial Meeting of the Association of Caribbean States that takes place this Friday in the Cuban capital.