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India's Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma will co-chair the Indo-Cuban Joint Commission Meeting in Havana on February 12-13.

The Joint Commission will review and expand cooperation in areas such as Information Technology, Biotechnology, Energy, Sports and Science and Technology.

Cuba has recently awarded two off-shore oil blocs to India's oil company, ONGC Videsh Ltd.

Besides this, OVL has got 30 percent share in six more off-shore blocs in a Consortium led by the Spanish oil company, Repsol.

Indian biotech companies, Biocon and Panacea, have established joint ventures to produce vaccines using Cuban technology.

The minister will hold talks with the foreign minister of Cuba and other cabinet ministers.

They will exchange views on regional and global issues in the context of Cuba being the chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement since September, 2006.

During his stay in Dominican Republic on February 14-16, the minister will meet the foreign minister of the Dominican Republic and call on the president.

Dominican Republic has recently opened an embassy in New Delhi.

The Government of Dominican Republic is keen to attract Indian companies in IT and other areas.

During his visit to Jamaica from February 17 to 19, the minister will meet the foreign minister of Jamaica and call on the prime minister.

Jamaica is the largest country in the Caribbean region and has a leadership role in the 15-Member Caribbean Community, which is integrating as a single market.

There is business opportunity for Indian companies in the sugar and mining sectors in Jamaica.

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