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ExpoHolguin, a provincial version of the International Havana Fair in eastern Cuba, will open its doors March 26 in the city of Holguín, with participation of a dozen foreign companies.

The trade fair, Cuba’s second-largest, features a total of 64 companies this year, with strong presence of metals and mechanical manufacturers, food processing companies, and nickel mining-related firms, said Daniel Zaldivar, director of the Holguín chapter of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce.

“Traditionally, this fair has been an alternative space to the large meetings in the Cuban capital,” Zaldivar said, adding that it is the only alternative to the International Havana Fair, since the elimination of the Santiago-based Expocaribe in 2005.

The trade attaché of the Vietnamese embassy in Havana is scheduled to visit the fair, as part of a tour of agricultural projects in the region funded by Vietnam. According to Zaldivar, Vietnamese companies are seeking to invest in tourism and textile industry projects in Cuba. A delegation from the Dominican Republic will also participate in the fair.

Foreign companies with a presence at ExpoHolguin include TM Store and KFM Regelungstechnik from Germany; ASM Soft, ABBL Integral, Comercial de Trasmisiones S.A., Grupo Ugao, Exinvaré S.L., and Perfeccionamientos Técnicos Salamanca S.L., all from Spain; IBC Resigum International S.R.L. and FRAVA S.R.L., both from Italy; Cuex S.A. from Panama; and Rostechnologii from Russia. 

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