Cuba and China: Biotech Industry to Serve the People

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The 8th Meeting of the Joint Cuba-China Working Group on Biotechnology [VIII Reunión del Grupo de Trabajo Conjunto de la Biotecnología Cuba-China] took place on June 29 and 30 in Cuba at the Hotel Meliá Habana.

This eighth meeting aims to summarize cooperation in the biotechnology sector over the last two years, to analyze the achievements and difficulties, and to promote new projects on cooperation, determining guidelines for future relations between the two nations in the biopharmaceutical industry.

The first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministries, Miguel Diaz Canel Bermúdez, attended the opening ceremony of the congress, as well as president of BioCubaFarma, Dr. Carlos Gutiérrez Calzado, who said that cooperation in biotechnology between both countries has become the engine of bilateral relations and a great future prospect.

Dr. Gutiérrez Calzado, representing the Cuban part of this working group, thanked the efforts made by China to take scientific cooperation in this area to such a high level. Our governments, he said, have given us the task of promoting the development of the biotechnology industry and put their results at the service of the people. [. . .] Finally he stressed the priority given by the Cuban government to cooperation with China in the field of biotechnology.’

The guidelines of the country’s economic policy give priority to developing results in the field of biotechnology, extending its use, and exploring how to share with humanity. [. . .]

Meanwhile, Lin Nian Xiu, vice president of the National Development and Reform Commission, underlined that, over the past 10 years, cooperation has brought mutual benefits. With the implementation of this working group, more than 20 Chinese companies have collaborated with Cuba and several biotechnology cooperation projects are about to be implemented.

He also announced that several Chinese companies want to open production workshops on the island as well as invest in the Mariel Special Development Zone [Zona de Desarrollo Especial del Mariel]. [. . .]

For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.granma.cu/mundo/2015-06-29/cuba-y-china-industria-biotecnologica-al-servicio-de-los-pueblos

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