Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Cuba Business Report
Cuba Business ReportCuba Business Report

News

Philippe Couillard Leads Trade Delegation to Havana

couillard-meets-with-castro
Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec is in Havana, strengthening trade relations. Photo courtesy: @phcouillard |Twitter

Philippe Couillard, Premier of the province of Québec is in Havana, strengthening trade relations.  He finished his two day trip to Havana with an unexpected meeting with President Raul Castro.  Mr. Couillard summed up the official visit on Twitter as, “Successful meeting with President Raùl Castro. He confirmed his desire to advance the relationship.”  It was a surprise visit as his original agenda had not included meeting Cuba’s President.

President Castro said the visit was fruitful and is very interested the Quebec-Cuba relationship.

Radio-Canada reported that the official visit resulted in an agreement on tourism and an agreement to open a permanent representative office in Havana.

Approximately 40 companies from Québec in the construction, food processing, renewable energy, science and technology and tourism industries made up the trade delegation led by Mr. Couillard.

Earlier this year, government officials of the province of Québec were in Havana with the intention of opening a permanent trade office in the capital city. 

“It would be a very concrete gesture to show our determination to establish [a] sustainable and permanent relationship with Cuba,” International Relations Minister Christine St-Pierre had said in an earlier interview with CBC news.

Québec businesses want to take advantage of the current business climate in Cuba and develop relations in the fields of science, education and culture.

Québec and Canada’s relationship with Cuba dates back to the 1700s and was deepened during the leadership of Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.  A strong friendship existed between Mr. Trudeau and former President Fidel Castro.  Canada was one of two nations not to break with Cuba after the Cuban revolution.  Earlier in May, Cuba’s Foreign Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla made a visit to Ottawa to explore new areas of bilateral collaboration.

The Québec delegation will be in Havana until Friday.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Related News:

News

Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez was elected today as first secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee. He was chosen by the delegates of...

Banking

In a televised address to the nation, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, in the presence of Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party, made...

Interviews

First Deputy Minister Marcelino Medina González of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in Canada this week leading a Cuban delegation to attend...

Trade Relations

The following is the speech given by Marcelino Medina González, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, to more than 200 guests at...

error: This content is copyright protected.