Lebanese business people traveled today to Cuba very optimist of expanding trade horizons during official meetings and an economic forum that will be used prior their participation, for the first time, at the Havana International Fair.
The delegation, comprised of members of the Lebanese-Cuban Business Council (LCBC), was bid farewell in Beirut by the Caribbean nation’s ambassador here, Rene Ceballo, who wished them fruitful contacts with their peers.
Some minutes before boarding the plane towards the island, LCBC president Ali Kazma told Prensa Latina that we go accompanied by Bruno Zahr, adviser of Lebanese Economy Minister Alain Hakim, who travels as a representative of the latter with specific missions.
Zahr carries some invitation letters from Hakim to Cuban Council of Minister vice-president Ricardo Cabrisas, and Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, to participate at an economic forum to be run in Lebanon on September 29.
During the stay here, from June 3 to 7, Zahr will also arrange with directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba (CCC) the signing of an agreement and a bilateral memorandum of understanding to promote exchange, Kazma said in interview to this agency.
Kazma and many of LCBC members were welcomed some days ago by Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, who “is very happy with this trip and the prospects that are opened, and support us to carry out the economic forum in September.
The Lebanese business people will meet in the island with Orlando Hernandez Guillen, president of the CCC, an entity that along with the Center for the Promotion of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment in Cuba (Cepec) managed contacts and meetings.
Malmierca also expects to meet with the representative of the Lebanese economy minister and the other visiting business people, occasion in which they will formally state their interest that their country participates, for the first time, at the Havana International Fair (FIHAV) in November.