U.S.-Cuba agricultural conference held in Havana

U.S.-Cuba agricultural conference held in Havana

HAVANA, May 13th. Representatives of the agricultural sectors of Cuba and the United States will begin today a fifth bilateral conference, given the interest in establishing normal and mutually advantageous economic and trade relations.

The inauguration of the meeting will take place in the capital’s Hotel Nacional, declared a National Monument in 1998 and inscribed in the Memory of the World Register of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) since 2008.

The U.S. agricultural sector “has always worked to find ways to break down walls”, acknowledged President Miguel Díaz-Canel, when he received here in February 2024 a delegation from the neighboring country, composed of secretaries of Agriculture of several states, among other executives of the branch.

U.S.-Cuba agricultural conference held in Havana

Foto: Abel Padrón Padilla/ Cubadebate

According to the president, if it were not for the blockade “we would have many mutual opportunities to work, to move forward for the benefit of both peoples”.

Cuba is a small country, but its domestic market is by no means negligible since the State tries to ensure the feeding of 11 million people, the President recalled.

According to experts, the activism of U.S. farmers was fundamental for the approval by the U.S. Congress in 2000 of the Sanctions Reform Act and the expansion of exports, which allowed the island to buy food there, although under disadvantageous conditions, imposed by anti-Cuban sectors.

During his two stays in New York, President Miguel Díaz-Canel had meetings with representatives of the industry, to whom he ratified the government’s willingness to expand ties, according to a report published by the Foreign Ministry in Havana.

The U.S. delegation received here in February this year was the first of its kind organized by the National Association of U.S. Departments of Agriculture (Nasda).

According to Cuban authorities, the trip coordinated by Nasda illustrates the real potential for respectful exchange, cooperation and interest in advancing mutually beneficial projects that could characterize relations between the two countries.