Curacao to boost Cuba links

Stanley Palm
Stanley Palm

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The participation of Curacao, for the first time, in the Havana International Fair (FIHAV) 2015 will be a bright opportunity to strengthen links with Cuba, said Curacao Minister of Economy Stanley Palm.
Shortly before leaving for Havana with a business delegation to show goods and services from Curacao at FIHAV, Palm referred to the existing relations between the peoples of the two islands.
“There is a familiar, cultural relation with Cuba. There are also links with sports. We are both baseball lovers. Therefore, I think this will be a good opportunity to strengthen our links, not only at the business level,” he said.
He explained that now some business people hold exchanges and offer services in Havana but no big step has been taken at the government level, so they are very excited with their participation at FIHAV.
“There are memorandums of understanding to be signed. We are very happy and, naturally, we will hold some meetings with high ranking Cuban officials,” he announced.
About his country’s delegation to FIHAV 2015, he said it will include at least 50 business people from some 30 firms, including local airline Insel Air, with operations in Cuba for three months now and also with plans to broaden them.
Curacao has a diversified, stable economy, so FIHAV 2015 is a bright opportunity to promote bilateral trade.
Curacao is also looking for greater presence at the international level; therefore many consider historic its participation in FIHAV 2015 as its first incursion as a country in this major Caribbean business forum, also one of the largest in Latin America.