Cuba, Angola Strengthen Cooperation with View to the Future

Cuba and Angola closed this Wednesday the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Joint Commission with the strengthening of collaboration in several sectors with a view to the future.

These days have shown us the potential of our nations to cooperate and support each other with well-defined future development plans, but avoiding an increasingly complex and adverse international situation, said the co-president of the Commission on the Cuban side, Vice-President Ricardo Cabrisas.

Although they signed only two documents (the rest will be closed in Havana during the visit of President Joao Lourenzo next June), Cabrisas pointed out they were able to update the situation in 22 sectors that are transversal to the economic and social structure of both countries.

He explained that a concrete action plan was derived for the rest of the protocols, contained in the minutes signed by the Angolan co-president, the Minister of State and head of the Civil House of the President of the Republic, Frederico Cardoso.

All of this will require coordination on both parts until concluding the agreements. He expressed his gratitude for the welcome given to the delegation and described the meeting of the day before with Lourenzo as fruitful.

Meanwhile, Cardoso said that the meeting allowed them to evaluate the state of collaboration, the identification of areas to deepen the exchange and the new ones that could be added to bilateral relations.

‘We are convinced that good agreements are not ideal, the good ones are those that concentrate on our capacity to achieve the objectives that we have jointly established,’ he remarked in presence of Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto and the delegations of both countries in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We must work systematically and permanently in the consolidation of our historical relations, he stressed.

After its opening on Monday, the mixed commission met until this afternoon in technical groups.

In addition to the minutes of the meeting, a protocol was signed for the recognition of certificates, diplomas, titles and academic degrees of higher education in order to promote scientific exchange among professionals.

The document was signed by Miriam Alpizar, Cuban Vice-Minister of Higher Education, and Jesus Antonio Tomé, Director General of the National Institute for Accreditation, Validation and Recognition of Higher Education Studies.

Cabrisas concluded his three-day stay in Angola tonight with a delegation of deputy ministers and officials from the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

The Caribbean island has more than two thousand collaborators in the 18 provinces of Angola, mainly in the sectors of education, health and construction.

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