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Cuban Trade Minister Visits Algeria to Develop Joint Projects

  • Minister Rodrigo Malmierca speaks at the International Fair of Havana 2018, in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 30, 2018.

    Minister Rodrigo Malmierca speaks at the International Fair of Havana 2018, in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 30, 2018. | Photo: EFE

Published 19 February 2019

Both countries seek to foster basic care, pharmaceutical products, and biomedical initiatives.

The Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, arrived in Algiers, the capital of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria (PDRA), on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.

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According to a statement from the Algerian Ministry of Health, this visit is part of the 22nd meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Commercial, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation scheduled from Feb. 19 to 21 in Algiers.

Among this meeting's priorities is the development of projects focused on basic care, pharmaceutical products, digitalization of the patient records, biomedicine, and maintenance.

The Cuban Minister will also visit several health infrastructures in Algiers, including the Pasteur Institute, the National Center of Toxicology, and the National Center for Pharmacovigilance and Materiovigilance.

The intergovernmental commission will be co-chaired by the Algerian Minister of Health Mokhtar Hasbellaoui, and will be attended by Malmierca Diaz.​​​​​​

Algiers and Havana have maintained strong ties since Algeria achieved independence on Jul. 5, 1962, particularly through its common commitment and cooperation in the Non-Aligned Movement.

This collaboration stretches through energy, construction, education, culture and sports, and especially deep in the field of health, with Cuban doctors working in ophthalmology and OB/GYN.

Algeria is currently one of the African richest countries and its income comes mainly from the international trade of commodities such as oil, gas, phosphate, iron, coal, lead and zinc.

Relations between the peoples of Cuba and Algeria began with the struggle for the national liberation of the African country. Since the 1960s. Algeria has supported Cuba in all international forums, and challenged the U.S. economic and financial blockade against the island.

In addition to supporting Algeria in its fight against a Morrocan invasion in Sep. 1963, Cuba has been sending brigades of doctors, educators and technicians as a form of international cooperation with the African country.

Currently, more than 1,000 Cuban health specialists and workers and collaborate on the construction and operation of hospitals and other health facilities.

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