The biggest achievement of Friday’s edition is that we not only have Cuban and foreign companies, but also new economic actors and Cubans residing abroad.
The next edition of the exchange will take place from November 13 to 17, 2023. (Photo: PL)
The 2022 International Fair of Havana (FIHAV) closed on Friday after showing the transformations adopted in Cuba to enhance its trade development, highlighted the Interim Minister of Internal Trade and Foreign Investment, Ana Teresita Gonzalez.
During the closing ceremony of the professional section of the event, the government representative called for the next edition of the stock exchange, which will be held from November 13 to 17, 2023.
After two years without meeting, you breathe a different atmosphere in Expocuba, and the biggest milestone in this edition is that we not only have Cuban and foreign companies, but also new economic actors and Cubans residing abroad, which shows the openness that will allow us to build a better country,” Gonzalez stressed.
In this way, the appointment has contributed to the identification of commercial projects in priority sectors such as agro-food, energy, bio-pharmaceuticals, tourism, mining, communications and others.
He pointed out that the achievement of all the proposed goals was embodied in the visit of government and business representatives from 62 countries and 35 foreign chambers of commerce at various levels.
With more than 16,500 square meters contracted, traditional and renewed trading partners from countries such as China, Russia, Spain, the United States, France, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates and Laos have gathered in the most important business exchange of the island.
In addition, 402 professional Cuban participants attended, including more than 300 state companies, about 70 micro, medium and small companies (mipymes) and three Cuban non-agricultural cooperatives, he explained.
On the other hand, the main challenge now is the implementation of the agreements reached between companies, organizations and participating actors, in which he called for the removal of obstacles that may hinder the business and investment climate.
González thanked the foreign exhibitors for their commitment to Cuba, despite the economic, trade, and financial restrictions imposed by the United States on the Caribbean nation for more than six decades; And to the workers of Grupo Empresarial Palco and Expocuba for their efforts to hold the event.
During the closing ceremony, the organizing committee of the exhibition honored the exhibition pavilions in South Africa, Italy, Mexico and Venezuela, for the quality of the design and the great participation of companies in it.
Gold medals were also awarded for compliance with requirements, innovation and customer satisfaction, and awards for industrial design and visual communication for products from countries such as Cuba, the Netherlands, Panama, Spain, Russia, Italy and Germany.
The good communication of the participating companies was recognized by the Cuban Association of Social Communication, which awarded several awards, a special mention and the Grand Prize, which went to the Havana Club Internacional S.A.
The Fyhav 2022 festival, which started on November 14 and will remain open to the public until tomorrow, hosted the Foreign Investment Forum V, where an update on the range of opportunities for this activity in Cuba was presented.
As part of its agenda, rounds and workshops were held on the operation of the single window for foreign investment, the work of promotion agencies and investment possibilities for Cubans living abroad, among other topics.