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Over 500 experts from 24 countries are attending to the 14th Congress on Asphalt Techniques opening Monday at Havana's convention center.

In statements to the acn news agency, the president of the Organizing Committee, Mercedes Mustelier Vidal, noted that most of the participants at the event are from abroad.

The Congress, sponsored by the National Union of Cuban Architects and Engineers, is being attended by delegates from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the United States.

Researcher at the Texas Transportation Institute and international consultant at the Inter American Development Bank, Dr. Carlos M. Chang, said that he was very interested in attending the meeting, but he had to decline the invitation due to the tough travel restrictions to the island imposed by the US government.

The Congress, which will run until Friday, aims to exchange experiences in the field. Mustelier noted the meeting will be very helpful particularly for the Cuban experts who plan to undertake a project for the improvement of the island's national transportation network.

Some 290 lectures will be delivered at Congress including papers on asphalt byproducts, asphalting techniques, human resources training and resurfacing works.

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