The first visit to Cuba by a Chinese Prime Minister produced important agreements which confirmed the strength of 56 year-old ties
On the first day of his official visit several legal instruments were signed between the two countries. Photo: Revolution StudiosZoom
Some legal instruments were signed strengthening the endless friendship between the two countries. Li Keqiang and Cuba’s Presidente Raúl Castro presided over the official ceremony at the Revolution Palace following official talks.
The documents encompass a wide range of sectors, among them memorandums of understanding, exchange of letters, credit arrangements, cancellation of debts, technical-scientific cooperation and agreements for environmental protection. All of them seeking to advance on the way of cooperation, which in 2016 confirmed China as Cuba’s second trade partner.
One of the three first agreements includes a line of credit for the revamping of press production and other graphic materials. Another advanced the updating of a bilateral agenda and the execution of donations for the Customs’ technological equipment modernization, as well as raw materials granted to produce solar panels which was made official through the signing of two Exchanges of Letters.
Instruments for the cooperation in terms of production, investment and protection against climate change were signed, as well as a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the IT sector.
Another document signed by authorities from both sides was a strategic framework cooperation agreement between the Government of Chengdu and Cuba’s BioCubaFarma company aiming at the creation of a brain mapping project.
There were also three agreements for financial concession given to the execution of a wind farm project and the creation of a bio-electrical plant attached to the Ciro Redondo sugar mill, from a framework cooperation agreement associated to that project.
China’s Prime Minister and our President were accompanying the authorities of the Cuban and Chinese institutions in the signing of agreements.
Others were the framework cooperation agreement in terms of bank insurance for the mid-term and long-term coverage and a Memorandum of understanding to undertake the proposal of a Plan for the industrial development of Cuba.
Likewise, other instruments were signed between the General Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China and the Cuban ministers of Food Industry, Agriculture and Public Health, as well as the Customs.
Prior to this ceremony the Cuban President officially received the Chinese leaders with honors. When the guard was lining up the two leaders advanced. Li Keqiang bowed before the flags. The first activity was the floral tribute by Li Keqiang to the José Martí monument where he was accompanied by Cuba’s First Vice-president Díaz-Canel.
Translated by ESTI