Regional integration is key to facing current challenges, says St Vincent diplomat

first_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Ambassador of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dexter Rose. Photo credit: searchlight.vcHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Latin American and Caribbean integration is the key to facing current and future challenges, such as regional social and economic development, said the ambassador of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dexter Rose, in Havana, Cuba, to mark the 20th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.In an interview with PL news agency, Rose said that, thanks to principles like solidarity and complementation among countries, thousands of Vincentians have recovered their sight with the implementation in his country of the free eye surgery program known as Operation Miracle, and which they call Vision Now.Cuba’s cooperation with its sister Caribbean nation mainly focuses on the sectors of healthcare, education and infrastructure.The ambassador recalled that over 200 youths from his country have graduated from Cuban universities, while another 100 students are currently taking different courses here. Rose particularly stressed Cuba’s cooperation in what he called the largest project ever in his country’s history, which is an international airport to boost the tourist sector.St Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of 32 isles and keys and it currently consolidating itself as a tourist destination. Tourism is the country’s major income source.As to the US economic, commercial and blockade of Cuba, the ambassador said that due to its extraterritorial nature, the unilateral measure affects the whole Caribbean region. Little is said about the impact by the US blockade on regional trade, especially about the Torricelli Law, which prevents a vessel from calling at US ports for a period of time if it has first visited any Cuban harbour, said Rose.“The US blockade of Cuba is an action against all of us, because it also bans the exchange of knowledge,” he pointed out. He explained that there are many professionals who are afraid of coming to different conferences hosted by Havana when they think of the consequences they would have to face later.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Regional integration is key to facing current challenges, says St Vincent diplomat by: – June 13, 2012center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img

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