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North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner to visit Cuba

State Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says he has been invited to bring a delegation of North Dakota food exporters and processors to Cuba in May. "The Cubans are very interested in the commodities and products that North Dakota has to offer," Johnson said Tuesday in a statement. Read More

India, Cuba team up in drugs, oil and wind energy

India and Cuba are forging closer economic ties through cancer vaccine research and oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said this week. Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma, who ended a visit to Havana on Wednesday, said the longtime Third World allies also will train a Cuban team in wind energy technology among a growing number of areas of cooperation. Read More

Cuba calls second scientific cigar meet

The Tobacco Museum, which belongs to the capital historian's office, has convoked the second scientific-cultural meeting about Cuban cigars, an event called "Havana-Habanos 2007." In order to deepen and broaden knowledge about this world-famous product and its agricultural and industrial processes, historians, museum conservationists, collectors, artists, and journalists of the world will gather here June 19-22. Read More

Cuba's largest agricultural workforce moves ahead

Cuba's largest agriculture workforce, the Las Tunas-based Vicente Garcia Contingent, is committed to fulfill its production targets for this month to mark the 112 anniversary of the beginning of the of second stage of the wars of independence against Spanish colonialism on February 24, 1895. Read More

Sculpture to homage Habanos Cohiba

An installation componed by three humidors and a sculpture will give homage to Cuban tobacco brand COHIBA during the next Habano Festival, said the fine arts Cuban artist Raul Valladares. Valladares, creator of the sculpture, is the author since 1995 of the works delivered to the Habano Festival Awards, and is working on a work of art for the closing of the ninth edition this year. Read More

Cuban official projects growth in 2007

Cuba's economy should follow two strong years of economic growth with an expansion of at least 10 percent, Economy Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez said. Rodriguez again defended Cuba's claims of 12.5 percent growth in gross domestic product for 2006, despite giving figures that indicated a slight slip in tourism " the Cuban economy's chief income earner. Read More

Cuba to enlarge nickel industry

Cuba said it will invest 300-plus million dollars in its basic industry, including nickel, to improve industry output and energy-saving efficiency. Holguin -located over 456 miles east of Havana- closed 2006 with a record production and nickel exports excelled as Cuba's largest hard currency income source. Read More

The Flight of the hummingbird wings

When only three years ago, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Phonographic National Office wanted to create its own record seal, as alternative for the promotion of certain areas in the creation and interpretation not always privileged by the market, they turned their heads to a specie of the Islands fauna, sung by the traditional trova movement, of modest and delicate expression: Colibrí (hummingbird). Read More

Senior Cuban, Chinese officials meet to discuss ties

A senior Cuban official and Chen Fengxiang, deputy head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday spoke highly of the bilateral friendship. Ricardo Alarcon, member of the political bureau of the central committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, told Chen at their meeting that both countries witnessed an expansion of exchange in politics, economy, trade, culture and personnel, and strengthened mutual understanding and friendship in recent years. Read More

Cuba shelves turtle trade proposal, trashing Japan's 875 million yen effort

Cuba will put off a proposal to resume trade in sea turtles at an international meeting in June, meaning the 875 million yen the Japanese government has spent trying to restart the business has been wasted, a conservation group said Wednesday. Read More

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