Havana Fair opens in Havana
The Havana International Trade Fair starts in this capital Monday with the attendance of over 1,200 businesspeople from 54 countries, a new hole in the the US-imposed economic blockade.
This attendance is higher than the previous edition and was further evidence of the failure of that trade power in isolating the Caribbean country from the rest of the world.
For the first time, Panama will have an official pavilion, presided over by First Vice President Samuel Lewis Navarro, who arrived in Havana Sunday.
The main Cuban food importer ALIMPORT will bring together negotiation companies and those from other nations, among them those of United States.
Cuban Foreign Trade Minister Raul de la Nuez highlighted Sunday the increase of the total exchange of the island's goods from January to September, compared with the same period last year.
More than 400 Cuban companies will attend this fair with traditional products like rum, nickel and tobacco, along with the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology.
Spain is one of the most represented countries, and according to organizers, companies from Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Italy will increase their presence this year.