Japan donates some 30 million dollars to Cuba for transport and energy

Cuba and Japan signed on Tuesday in Havana two legal instruments to formalize the granting of two donations, aimed at improving electricity service and the purchase of buses for urban transport

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The document was signed by the Cuban Antonio Luis Carricarte, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, and by the Japanese Kazuhiro Fujimura, that nation’s ambassador in Havana.

The first of the signed documents officially grants a donation for the implementation of the Project to improve the energy supply in the Isle of Youth, for a value of 2.392 billion Japanese yen (some 22 million US dollars).

In addition, another document was signed for a donation of 9.5 million US dollars for the purchase of urban buses for the capital as part of the Economic and Social Development Program.

Cuba and Japan have given a boost to their diplomatic and commercial relations in the last three years, when Miguel Diaz-Canel, then First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, made a visit to the Asian nation.

That same year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Havana, where he held several high-level meetings.

In 2018, the XV Meeting of the Cuba-Japan Economic Conferences was held, which identified several areas of cooperation such as waste management, the supply of advanced medical equipment, agriculture and energy.

That same year, starting with the 3rd Japan-Cuba Public-Private Joint Committee, a protocol was signed for a bilateral economic agenda until 2020.

Both nations established diplomatic relations in 1902 and despite being geographically distant share similar geographical and social challenges such as the impact of climate change and population aging.

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