The Cuban Vice President, Ricardo Cabrisas, and the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade and Tourism of France, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, reviewed in Havana the progress of the agreements signed between both Governments and the businesses in execution between companies of the island and the European country.
Cuban state media publish today that the meeting between Cabrisas and Lemoyne is part of the program of the French secretary, who participates in the III Session of the Economic and Commercial Commission and the Strategic Orientation Committee of the Counter-Value Fund between Cuba and France.
The Cuban vice president and the French government secretary exchanged opinions on the background of bilateral economic relations and the prospects that exist to continue strengthening them, according to a report by the state-run Cuban News Agency (ACN).
Cabrisas highlighted the importance of periodically holding these bilateral meetings at the governmental level, as well as promoting the participation of French companies in foreign investment businesses in Cuba.
Last October, the Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, at the beginning of a tour of Russia and Asia made a stop in France where he was received by the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, who conveyed to him the will of the European country to intensify relations political, economic and cultural.
A visit by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the first representative of a European state to travel to the island after the arrival to the presidency of Diaz-Canel last April, had indicated the purpose of strengthening the already "positive" "bilateral relationship.
France is one of the main emitters of tourists to Cuba and in recent years is one of the members of the European Union that has positioned itself strongly in Cuba, with the execution of hotel and large projects on the island in various areas economic
Last November, Cuba and the French Development Agency (AFD) agreed in Havana an agreement to develop a project worth 20 million euros (22.6 million dollars) in order to improve the quality of services of water and sanitation in the country.
To this is added the expansion project of the international airport of Havana, in charge of the French company Bouygues, which will also place Aéroports de Paris in the future management of that infrastructure, while another gala investment for an amount of about 40 million euros. Euros (46.7 million dollars) will be dedicated to updating the deteriorated rail network in Cuba.