On the morning of May 9, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, and Minister of Economy and Planning, received Fernando García Casas, Secretary of State for International Cooperation with Ibero-America and the Caribbean, of the Kingdom of Spain, heading a delegation attending the 37th period of sessions of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), currently taking place in Havana.
During the encounter Cabrisas highlighted the positive state of bilateral relations between Cuba and Spain, one of the island’s top training partners and leader in international cooperation.
In this sense, he reaffirmed the willingness of both governments to work together in a new stage of cooperation which will commence with the negotiation, signing, and implementation of the new Country Partnership Framework with Spain, which lays out the bases for the development of bilateral cooperation over the next four years, taking into account the priorities established within Cuba’s Social and Economic Development Plan through 2030.
Also participating in the meeting were Cabinet Director Jorge Friend Mergelina, as well as Ambassador and Economic and Trade Advisor at the Spanish Embassy in Cuba, Juan José Buitrago de Benito and Federico Ferrer Delso, respectively. Participating on the Cuban side were Alba Soto Pimentel, director for Europe and Canada at the Cuban Foreign Ministry; and Inalvis Bonachea González, director of Trade Policy with Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment.