Melbourne, October 16, 2018.- Important day in the bilateral relations history between Cuba and Australia; after weeks of negotiations, both countries signed the first agreement on biotechnology to promote cooperation and scientific research in the sector. It comes to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the AgriBio Science center, of the Australian state of Victoria, and the Cuban business group, BIOCUBAFARMA.
On the Cuban side, the document was agreed by Dr. Mario Pablo Estrada García, Director of Agricultural Research at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology; while, on the Australian side, it was signed by Dr. German Spangenberg, President of AgriBioscience, an institution of recognized international prestige for the application of science to agriculture and livestock.
The Trade Minister of Victoria, Philip Dalidakis, chaired the signature ceremony, which was also attended by Victoria's MP, Telmo Languiller, and the Cuban Ambassador to Australia, José Manuel Galego Montano. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Marcelino Medina González, also attended the ceremony.
The state of Victoria, whose GDP amounts to 370 billion USD, is one of the three leading global centers in the area of biotechnology. The agreement opens the possibility of fostering mutual interests through cooperation and professional experience interchange projects in near future.
Previously, in March 2018, a Cuban biotechnology delegation led by the Vice President of BIOCUBAFARMA, Mayda Mauri, had completed a working program in Australia to promote awareness on the important advances made by Cuban biotechnology within the circuits of the Australian scientific community.
This visit had a great impact, following the invitation extended by the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, to scientists from BIOCUBAFARMA, with a view to strengthening the bilateral ties in that sphere.