OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
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The 5th Caricom-Cuba Summit began today, December 8, in Havana’s Palacio de la Revolución, with the purpose of strengthening relations, and reviewing cooperation agreements between the 14 Caribbean countries and Cuba.

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President Raúl Castro Ruz welcomed the leaders in attendance, which coincides with the celebration of Caricom-Cuba Day, a commemoration of the date in 1972 when the governments of Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, in a coordinated manner, established diplomatic relations with Cuba, at a time when few other countries maintained relations with the island’s revolutionary government. The event is considered of great historical importance and marks the beginning of relations between Cuba and what would become the Caribbean Community (Caricom).

During the meeting, several alternative proposals to strengthen the body’s structure will be discussed, in addition to strategies to increase cooperation in the areas of education, health, the eradication of poverty, renewable energy and social justice.

Other issues on the agenda include UN post-2015 sustainable development plans, and the review and evaluation of this international body’s work in the region.