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The Organizing Committee of the 24th International Havana Fair (FIHAV 2006) confirmed the attendance of 1,000-plus companies from 43 countries at Expocuba from October 30 to November 4, occupying over 170,000 square feet -- 21,500 more than last year.

This Fair's 87 stands will surpass the 2005 edition despite the intensification of the blockade, said chairman Abraham Maciques who noted an additional a concomitant expansion of space.

The also general director of Havana Convention Center said attendance by 20 Chambers of Commerce showed unanimous rejection of the US blockade, which losses to Cuba have been 86 billion dollars.

Occupancy by most-represented countries, 32,000 square feet under the pavilion, is as follows: China (nearly 26,000 sq. ft.), Spain (16,000), Russia (14,000), Brazil and Panama (5,380), Venezuela (4,840) and Italy (3,000). Raul Becerra, president of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, noted the quality and variety of proposals, with the branches of science and technology best represented, including bio-pharmaceutics, consumer goods, machinery, equipment, technology, raw material and services.

Source: Prensa Latina

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