Regional Integration is Key to Face Current Challenges, says
HAVANA, Cuba, June 12 (ACN)—Latin
American and Caribbean integration is the key to face
current and future challenges, such as regional social and
economic development, said the ambassador of Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines Dexter Rose in Havana, in the context of
the 20th anniversary of bilateral relations.
In statements to
PL news agency, Ambassador Rose said that thanks to
principles like solidarity and complementation among
of Vincentians have recovered their sight upon the
implementation in his
country of the free-eye-surgery program known as Operation
which they call Vision Now.
Cuba’s cooperation with its sister Caribbean nation mainly
focuses on the
sectors of healthcare, education and infrastructure.
The ambassador recalled that over 200 youths from his
graduated from Cuban universities, while another one hundred
currently taking different courses here.
Dexter Rose particularly stressed Cuba’s cooperation in what
he called the
largest project ever in his country’s history, which is an
airport to boost the tourist sector.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of 32 isles and
consolidating as a tourist destination. Tourism is the
As to the US economic, commercial and blockade of Cuba, the
said that due to its extraterritorial nature, the unilateral
affects the whole Caribbean region.
Little is said about the impact by the US blockade on
especially about the Torricelli Law, which prevents a boat
from calling US
ports during a period of time if she has first visited any
“The US blockade of Cuba is an action against all of us,
because it also
bans the exchange of knowledge,” he pointed out. He
explained that there
are many professionals who are afraid of coming to different
hosted by Havana when they think of the consequences they
would have to
However, the international community has repeatedly rejected
hostile Cuba policy, which has inflicted Cuba damage
calculated at over
975 billion dollars.