HAVANA.– The First Convention on Commerce, Cuba-2017, began this Monday, May 15, in Havana’s International Conference Center.

Odalys Escandell García, deputy minister of Domestic Trade, told reporters that the event will conclude this May 19, and will see the participation of more than 500 delegates and guests from ten countries.

Researchers, executives, specialists and technical staff in general will exchange and discuss the importance of trade and services to the country’s economic development, including as regards to new management models, she noted.

The deputy minister added that the Convention includes an important scientific component and aims, based on academic studies, to discuss the challenges and prospects for achieving sustainable trade.

She also referred to the significant number of activities running alongside the main event, mainly relating to exhibitions and presentations of Cuban cuisine, as well as fairs, catwalks and book presentations.

The Convention will see the signing of a collaboration agreement between the ministries of Higher Education and Domestic Trade, on the training of specialists and skilled workers in the service and commerce sectors, and in the new forms of management that are being implemented in the country.

Escandell García also announced that as part of the event there will be presentations of services and new products to be sold through the Cimex and TRD retail store chains.

Meanwhile, Mirelys González Batista, coordinator of the event organizing committee, explained that a series of keynote speeches by important national and foreign personalities will be held May 16-18.

The First Convention on Commerce, Cuba-2017, is organized by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and its Research and Development Center.