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Fihav 2015 underway

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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.

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Fihav 2015 welcomes international participation

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The 33rd edition of Havana’s International Trade Fair, Fihav 2015, opens its doors today and will continue through November 7, at the city’s main fairgrounds and exposition center, Expocuba. More than 70 countries have representatives participating this year, utilizing more than 20,000 square meters of exposition space for their displays.

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Italian airline expands flights to Cuba

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The Italian airline Neos is considering a new flight to the central Cuban province of Villa Clara. Mid October saw the arrival of the company’s first flight to the keys – the province’s main tourist destination – located off the region’s northern coastline, reports EFE. Onboard this first flight were some 200 Milan-based tour operators and travel agents who arrived to the province’s Abel Santamaría International Airport, interested in the quality of services and variety of tourist options offered on the island’s north-eastern keys, renowned for their virtually pristine beaches.

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Ricardo Cabrisas in Moscow

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Yesterday, October 19, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, a Council of Ministers vice president and co-president of the Cuban delegation to the Cuba-Russia Intergovernmental Commission began a visit in Moscow with a meeting with Sergei Glazyev, advisor to the President of the Russian Federation on topics relating to Eurasian integration, during which the two officials discussed the possibility of Cuba joining the Eurasian Economic Union as an observer nation.

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U.S. blockade hampers exports of Cuban citrus fruit


The economic, commercial, financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for more than 50 years, hampers export of Cuban citrus and other fresh fruit, causing significant losses to growers and the national economy. The blockade does not allow the country to sell grapefruit in U.S. territory, obliging the sector to focus on industrial processing to produce juice, pulp, concentrate and essential oils for export to Europe and Asia.

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The perfect mix of commerce and culture

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EVERY year the Art on the Rampa formula is gradually perfected, combining families’ needs for homewears and personal items with a broad cultural program over the summer months. The Fair, held in the Pabellón Cuba, located on La Rampa, a busy zone in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood, has become one of the city’s most popular attractions.

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Cuban and U.S. banks sign agreement

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Cuba’s International Commerce Bank and the U.S. Stonegate Bank reached the first important financial accord to be signed since the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries July 20. Established was an understanding on correspondence, a standard practice between banks to facilitate transactions. Sources noted that, in this specific case, existing restrictions imposed by the U.S. blockade must be taken into consideration.