By the Caribbean Journal staff
Cuba has a new ambassador to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States: Jorge Soberon.
The new envoy presented his credentials to OECS Director General Dr Didacus Jules last week in a ceremony at the OECS Commission.
While the OECS’ relationship with Cuba is relatively new, Jules said it was a “strong relationship,” pointing to cooperation in areas from agriculture and the environment to sports development and healthcare.
“Cuba has been a pioneer and principal flag bearer for the notions and principles of internationalism and internationalist duty,” Jules said. “Never has a country so small given so much to the world – whether in the blood of its people, or in their skills and expertise in support of the development of others.”
Soberon said Cuba and the Eastern Caribbean should “pool efforts” to enhance quality of life and sustainable development in the region.
He also announced that Cuba had taken the decision to offer market access at zero-tariff for a number of products originating from the OECS and the wider region.
Cuba and the OECS are now working on a memorandum of understanding for new areas of cooperation, the two sides said.