(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The first activity of the Cuban President in this Caribbean city was the Official Reception offered at the Convention Center of this city by the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, who with a handshake welcomed him.
At the meeting, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who is now the pro-tempore President of CARICOM, congratulated him on the recent election as President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba; he showed gratitude for the solidarity that Cuba has always had with the Caribbean; and conveyed the satisfaction for his visit on behalf of the Caribbean Leaders. For his part, Cuban President Diaz-Canel thanked the warm welcome, hospitality and affection that the Cuban Delegation has received since he came to this land. Cuba and Jamaica are not only close in geography, but also in history and in humanity, he said.
After this meeting, Cuban President Díaz-Canel held another exchange with the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse ─ previous pro-tempore President of CARICOM ─ during which they discussed joint projects on Hydraulic Development, the modernization of Cap Haitien Airport and Cuban Scholarships for Haitian students.
On December 8, 1972, four countries of the English Caribbean that had reached their Independence established diplomatic relations with Cuba in an act of unquestionable political courage: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Cuba and CARICOM have deep historical and cultural roots that date back to the formation of nationality, gradually strengthened after the achievement of Independence by the Community. During these years, the member countries of CARICOM and Cuba have built a relationship based on cooperation, solidarity and mutual respect. Today: 1,644 Cuban cooperation specialists provide their services in CARICOM. More than 5,780 young people from the Caribbean have graduated in Cuba until May 2018. They are currently studying in Cuba: 740 students from the Caribbean.