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LA PAZ.— Agreements linked to health, rural development, trade, civil aviation, as well as imports and exports, were negotiated during the first meeting of the Cuba-Bolivia Working Group for Economic Complementarity.

The event also saw discussions on the use of trade finance instruments and studies for collaborative projects, according to information from the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
The meeting was attended by a Cuban delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Ileana Núñez Mordoche, on an official visit to La Paz, where the group undertook a program which included meetings with representatives of Bolivia’s production and business sectors, as well as public institutions linked to trade.

According to the Bolivian Foreign Ministry, efforts come after a directive on the promotion of bilateral trade was issued following a meeting between Vice Presidents of Bolivia and Cuba, Álvaro García Linera, and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, respectively, in May 2017, during a visit by the Cuban official to La Paz.

Meanwhile, the two parties also agreed to strengthen commercial exchanges after a meeting in Havana between Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and his Bolivian counterpart, Fernando Huanacuni; resulting in the creation of the Cuba-Bolivia Working Group, which has drawn up a six point Action Plan for economic collaboration in the fields of goods, services, finance, logistics, trade promotion, investments and joint ventures.