The Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, presented the Second Protocol of the Economic Cooperation Agreement between CARICOM and the Republic of Cuba to Colin Granderson, the assistant general secretary of this regional mechanism.
This document expands the tariff preferences granted by Cuba in 2000 to the Commonwealth of Caribbean Nations, including 340 new Caribbean products with free access to the national market, while granting preferences to 85 of the Cuban side.
The Greater Caribbean is a well-defined geographic space, with a strategic position between North and South of Our America, with a common history, where small islands tighten intense cultural ties and cooperation.
The States that make up the Caribbean Basin have always remained among Cuba's main trading partners, they reached out to us when others tried to isolate us. The Greater Antilles do not forget it, and for that reason, the region is today one of the main areas of collaboration that the Cuban nation offers in the world.
Distinguished delegates and special guests and other representatives of the delegations present: Cuba welcomes you to the XXII Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States, at which time the Caribbean countries meet again in Havana to Dialogue about our common interests and the risks we face in a shared way. We will review the progress of the implementation of the agreements of the VII Summit of the Association, held in Havana on June 4, 2016.