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Updated: 20/11/2013 – 2:08
Havanna, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) – China was the most successful foreign country at XXXVI Havana's International Office (FIHAV 2018), which closed its doors this Friday after collecting around three hundred businessmen for five days from 65 ExpoCuba exhibition centers, east to Havana ..
The Konka company, which has a high presence in the Cuban market, has won a premium on the Dongle TV produced on the Cuban market and another design award with two other LED technology televisions.
For its part, the Jihua 3515 company has also received the quality prize with its profile shoes.
After China, Germany won two quality rewards through companies that sell Mercedes Benz cars and elevator control systems on the island.
Most of the awards to Cuban organizations, such as CubaRon and Habanos SA, two of 34 companies on the island that will be on Shanghai next Monday at the China Import International Exhibition (CIIE).
"I think the most important thing was that the fair worked with great professional knowledge and that it was indeed a useful place for Cuban companies to meet with their foreign counterparts," said Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister of Foreign Trade, to the local press.
The minister pointed out that this year's trading was a special feature of Havana's engagement before the 500th anniversary of the city's celebrating the following year.
Malmierca confirmed that the success of FIHAV 2018 "strengthens the interests of other markets in trade with Cuba," despite "the desire of the United States government to hinder the island's business", reinforcing the blockade that has been over half a century against the nation of Antilla.
"Cairo, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as other exhibitions in the rest of the world, show for concerts shows that Cuba is not alone and moving forward," he said.
On the opening day, Cuba's Migue Díaz-Canel took part, whose presence was a novelty, as his predecessor, Raúl Castro, did not attend the annual fair, although this late Fidel Castro, the island between 1959 and 2008, was on a regular basis.
Díaz-Canel cut off the tape and visited the stand of Cuban companies to later post on the Twitter network that FIHAV 2018 "confirms the international interests of trade with Cuba despite the blockade (the United States)".
Cuba took advantage of the show to introduce a portfolio of new business opportunities that includes 525 investment projects, 69 more than the previous year and exceeded $ 11,600 million.
The third business forum at the fair announced that 10 new users were added to the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), including the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Asian and leading company in infrastructure projects last year.
The ZEDM, 45 km west of Havana, employs 41 companies, 19 of them 23, of which 23 are foreign direct capital, 11 mixed, five national and two international companies.
On the opening day, a Russia-Latin America business forum was organized in Cuba for the first time, which served as a platform for bilateral cooperation in the economic area.
On the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Yuriy Borisov of the Russian Federation said that there are friends and partners in the Latin American and Caribbean countries in Moscow who have a strong intention to promote bilateral relations.
President of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Orlando Hernandez said, "The world's largest country is a strategic player for our island."
Mr Hernández explained that important bilateral projects are in the key areas of the Cuban economy, such as energy and rail transport.
As collateral, the Cuba-Russia Intergovernmental Committee, XVI. A session took place in an environment in which the parties have an interest in promoting their relationship in all areas.
At the meeting, representatives of the two nations signed a cooperation agreement in areas such as sport and physical culture, modernization of steel and laminate production, and supervision and control of the exchange of goods.
The Cuban authorities have presented a national export offer, a summary of companies, goods and services, to the potential buyers by the island, some days before the start of CIIE.
More than 300 products made by some 70 Cuban companies form the island's proposal, part of which is presented in Shanghai.
FIHAV 2018 was also attended by Vice-Presidents of Venezuela and Guatemala, as well as senior officials and businessmen.
In the first edition of the fair in 1983, some 60 Spanish, Panamanian and Cuban entrepreneurs participated, representing 60 companies and 800 square meters of exhibition space.