Cuba, Japan to Boost Bilateral Cooperation

Tokyo, Jan 17.- Cuba and Japan are enjoying a good moment in their relations, while both governments boost bilateral cooperation, the Cuban ambassador, Carlos Miguel Pereira, said in Tokyo Tuesday.

 

Pereira told Prensa Latina that the first phase of a project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to help Cuba began this Tuesday with the shipping of 24 solid waste collection trucks to Havana.

The initiative includes several phases of Non-Refundable Financial Assistance, one of the cooperation options offered to Cuba from 2016 after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Havana, the diplomat said.

The Hino Motors collection trucks, which departed from the Japanese port of Kobe, should arrive in Havana on March 2.

A total of 100 similar vehicles, with Kyokuto’s specialized technology, will reach Havana port in another three shipments before closing November, when this city celebrates its 500th anniversary.

Besides, as part of the project, Cuba will receive during this year dump trucks, elevator baskets, chainsaws and other equipment to restore and beautify Havana.

Cuban ambassador pointed out that other collaboration initiatives have already been implemented with Japan such as advanced medical equipment supplies for the Cuban hospital system modernization, and it is expected to continue exchanges with projects linked to agricultural and energy development.

Cooperation is progressing and consolidating to benefit both countries, Pereira emphasized.