Angola and Cuba strengthen relations

The minute was signed by Angola’s State Minister and Head of the President’s Civil Office, Manuel da Cruz Neto, and by Cuba, the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Economy and Plan, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz.

The two co-chairs of the 13th Session of the Bilateral Commission expressed on the occasion their satisfaction at the success of the meeting that assessed the state of the cooperation and envisaged its scope and extension to other areas.

Manuel da Cruz Neto highlighted the importance of identifying new opportunities for cooperation, seeking new mechanisms with a more pragmatic nature, pointing to the business sector as an area in which the creation of companies with mixed capital could be promoted.

The Angolan official, who recalled the recent loss of the leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, a prominent figure in the establishment of relations between Angola and Cuba, also spoke of the possibility to strengthen the development of programmes and projects that will lead the two countries to public and private commercial exchange.

On his turn, the Cuban minister emphasized the importance of holding this meeting, which has the responsibility of relaunching mechanisms of work and establish a systematic scheme that meets the expectations of developing bilateral relations.

Health and Higher Education are the areas with the greatest impact on cooperation between Angola and Cuba.

Ricardo Cabrisas stated that it is Cuba’s intention to strengthen cooperation in the fields of planning and finance, health and pharmaceuticals, education, construction and transportation, culture, energy and water, agriculture, geology and mining, fisheries, urban planning, industry and communications.

In turn, Manuel da Cruz Neto stressed Angola’s interest in seeing strengthened relations in areas considered of vital interest for the Angolan economy.

During his stay in Cuba, Manuel da Cruz Neto was received by Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, in his capacity as vice-president of the Council of Ministers, and by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

Source: Angola Press News Agency