Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand
No.14 14th April 2015
All of the Americas outside of the United States support the lifting of the blockade and removal of Cuba from the list of countries supporting terrorism. Media are reporting the US president considering this move in view of the Cuban position that diplomatic ties cannot be re-established until this is achieved. So our first stories cover these current historic events at the 7th Americas Summit and diplomatic visits. Cuba’s medical efforts overseas are welcomed by Chile and praised by WHO and Liberia as Cuba graduates 24 500 doctors for 83 countries at its ELAM institution.
In science we cover biogas in Panama, biotechnology opportunities in China; UNESCO highlights Cuba’s spend of 13 percent of its gdp on education, the highest in Latin America, which also draws praise from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s Alicia Barcenas who says that despite the blockade Cuba had invested important resources for all levels of teaching and technology innovation.
Finally, an interesting window on the developing interface with international trade from minister of foreign trade and investment Rodrigo Malmierca who points to the need to harmonise the efficient use of non-traditional funding and making better use of the funding available.