France Willing to Boost Economic Relations with Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 10 (acn) France’s Secretary of State for
Foreign Trade, Pierre Lellouche, said on Friday in Havana that
the French government is willing to boost relations with Cuba in
the economic and other sectors.
In a press conference offered
at the French embassy in the Cuban capital,
Lellouche noted that his country hopes to return to the
relations they had ten years ago, when French investment in
for 10% of the foreign total.
“Today, that percentage has dropped to 1.5, but this year we
150 million euros in the Island and we hope to reach 250
million in 2012,”
Lellouche announced that in January 2012 a Cuban delegation
will travel to
Paris in order promote relations and to look for financing
projects of next year.
“We want to sing accords in the agro-food, transportation,
tourism, and culture sectors,” said the French official.
He noted that his government is closely following the
ongoing process to
update the Cuban economic model and also the development of
sector in the Caribbean nation.
“We want to boost bilateral relations because there are no
problems between our two nations and we share the same
passion for freedom
and national independence,” pointed out Lellouche, who is in
Havana on a
two-day official visit.
During his stay in Cuba, the visitor has met with the
president of the
Cuban Parliament and with high-ranking officials of the
of Foreign Trade and Investment, Transportation, and
Tourism, among others.