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Havana Trade Fair shows Cuba's
Cuban government Minister Ricardo Cabrisas affirmed that the success of the Havana Trade Fair demonstrates the island's strong vocation for commerce, cooperation and exchange.

Cabrisas gave the closing remarks at the award ceremony of the Fair, which concluded on Saturday with the participation of 1,398 companies from 53 countries in Expocuba, the largest exhibition space in the archipelago.

This outstanding presence of foreign business representatives shows the interest in the opportunities Cuba offers and an acknowledgement of its importance in the context of economic and social integration within the region, the Cuban minister commented.

Cabrisas added that it once again confirms that the policy of economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by successive U.S. administrations is condemned to failure.

The minister also noted that although some countries have yielded to the pressure put on them, a large number of businesspeople and institutions in many nations not only condemn, but defy that inhuman practice.

He recalled the inauguration 25 years ago of the first Havana Trade Fair, which has always had the support and the presence of President Fidel Castro, the main promoter of this event.

Cabrisas emphasized that this edition had 500 foreign stands and 108 national ones, while 19 official delegations attended and 12 national pavilions functioned, including those from Spain, Canada, Panama and Italy, with the largest presence at the trade fair.

The Brazilian pavilion won a prize in that category, and those of Italy and Panama received a mention.

Cuban enterprises stood out in the prizes for product quality (Cohiba cigars, Havana Club rum, LABIOFAM biolarvicides and Suchel Camacho's Camerata perfume), design and stands, followed by those of Spain, Panama, Germany, Italy and Venezuela.

It was announced that the 26th Fair will take place next year from November 3 through 8.

Source: Radio Habana Cuba

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