Suva, August 18th. The Ambassador of Cuba in Fiji, Carlos Manuel Rojas Lago participated in a virtual working session convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to exchange with the Dialogue Partners, role held by the Caribbean country, on the main actions of that Organization and its Members in the face of the impact of the COVID19 pandemic.
The participants received detailed information on the results of the recently held meeting of PIF Ministers of Economy, among which stand out the promotion of greater exchange and complementarity among countries, the need to diversify economies, explore new opportunities and achieve a greater participation of all sectors based on national priorities. The Heads of Economy Ministerial Portfolios agreed to prioritize health, education, and access to basic services in the formulation of the respective budgets.
Secretariat officials also offered a balance on the management of the Pacific Humanitarian Pathway to face the pandemic. As part of this initiative, medical equipment and supplies have been received and distributed among some nations in the area, protocols were established for carrying out repatriation flights and joint assistance actions are coordinated in several fields.
Speaking at the meeting, the highest-ranked Cuban Representative here reiterated his country's solidarity with the Pacific Islands and its willingness to cooperate modestly with regional efforts to face the pandemic. As a positive example of these actions, he noted the videoconference held between Cuban and Pacific experts, as well as National Health Authorities, to exchange experiences regarding the protocols and treatments used against the virus.
In his concluding remarks, Dr. Filimon Manoni, Deputy Secretary General of the PIF highlighted the enormous challenge that the negative impact of the pandemic represents for the Pacific Island States, especially on their economies. The senior official reiterated that a comprehensive and coordinated regional response is vital for recovery.
Embassy of Cuba in Fiji