Yesterday, November 2, Rodrigo Malmierca inaugurated the 33rd edition of the Havana International Trade Fair, Fihav 2015, with expectations that it will serve to promote exports of Cuban products and services, as well as foreign investment in the country. Ricardo Cabrisas, a Council of Ministers vice president, was also on hand for the inauguration.
Set to run through next Saturday at the Expocuba fairgrounds, the event opened with the participation of 900 companies from 70 countries. With exhibits occupying 21,700 square meters of space, Fihav 2015 is the largest such event in the last 15 years.
The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Puerto Rico are among the countries attending for the first time, while others which are returning after an absence include Thailand, Japan, Bulgaria and Curacao. Canada, Spain, Venezuela and China are, once again, the countries with the greatest participation.
Malmierca noted that some last minute requests to participate could not be considered because of limited exposition space, which, he said, obliges the organizing committee to be better prepared next year for growing interest in doing business in Cuba.