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Daily Archives: September 3, 2016

El Gobierno cubano se resiste a permitir el establecimiento de una sede del Instituto Goethe en la Isla después de largos preparativos de un acuerdo cultural con Alemania, según informa este sábado el sitio Deutsche Welle.

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14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 3 September 2016 — It may have been the largest march in Venezuela’s history. Did it serve for anything? We’ll get to that. I begin my analysis with a view of the government. Maduro and the Cuban DGI agents, who actually rule the country, faced a dilemma: in the face of … Continue reading "Do Massive Marches Serve a Purpose? / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner" Continue reading
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América Latina tiene que "olvidarse de las fragmentaciones y fortalecer sus procesos de integración" insistió el presidente ejecutivo del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina-CAF durante una visita oficial a Cuba, donde llegó para firmar un acuerdo de cooperación, publican este sábado medios cubanos. 

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El Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina-CAF y el Banco Central de Cuba han firmado en La Habana un convenio que sienta las bases para el intercambio y una futura entrada de la isla como accionista de la institución financiera. Continue reading
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La actriz cubana Ana de Armas ha señalado que las transformaciones actuales en Cuba "no se están llevando en la dirección adecuada para ayudar a la gente".

En una entrevista publicada por el periódico español El Mundo este sábado, la actriz afirma que "es muy triste lo que está pasando" en la Isla y que por ello está "preocupada". 

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Ana de Armas: “Es muy triste lo que está pasando en Cuba” “No hay trabajo, no hay comida, no hay dinero, no hay ni siquiera electricidad” Sábado, septiembre 3, 2016 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- La actriz cubana Ana de Armas ha comentado al diario El Mundo que “es muy triste lo que está pasando […] Continue reading
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Las lluvias asociadas al amplio sistema de bajas presiones devenido en la depresión tropical número nueve y luego en la tormenta tropical Hermine incrementaron en 218,42 millones de metros cúbicos la cantidad de agua almacenada en las presas administradas por el Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráu­licos (INRH) entre el 27 de agosto y el primero de septiembre.

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Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words "Democracy" Or "Hunger Strike" /
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez/Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 3 September 2016 — If
you are considering sending a text message to a friend to wish him a
"happy coexistence" with his family or to suggest that he not give in to
"the dictatorship of work," it is very likely that the phrase will never
reach its destination. A filter implemented by the Telecommunications
Company of Cuba S.A. (ETECSA) blocks certain words from flowing through
the cellular network. (See below for the list.)

For years, users of the only cellphone company in the country have
suffered from congestion on the lines and areas of poor coverage, but
few have noticed that there is also a strict blockade on the use of key
terms and phrases in mobile messaging.

The discovery of this list has happened almost by chance. Several users,
upset that their messages were charged for but not delivered, exchanged
experiences. This week they connected the dots and found that texts
containing the following references never reached their destinations:
"human rights," "hunger strike," "José Daniel Ferrer," or the name of
the independent magazine "Coexistence."

Over several days and at different points in the national geography,
this newspaper has run tests from terminals with very different owners,
ranging from opponents and activists to people without any links to
independent movements. In all cases, messages containing certain
expressions "were lost on the way."

Cubacel is ETECSA's cellular network and the contract that each user
signs to get a mobile line makes clear that the among causes for which
the service will be terminated are uses "prejudicial to morality, public
order, state security or that serve as support in carrying out criminal
activities."

The customer is never warned that their messages will be subjected to a
content filter or that a part of their correspondence will be blocked if
it alludes to opponents, concepts that are uncomfortable for officialdom
such as "human rights" or to blogs critical of the government in the
style of "Generation Y."

Arnulfo Marrero, deputy chief of the ETECSA branch at 19 and B in
Vedado, Havana, was surprised on Friday morning by a complaint presented
to his office about the censorship. "We have nothing to do with this,
you should contact the Ministry of Communications (MICOM)," the official
explained to the bearer of the complaint.

"MICOM governs communications policy, because we don't make any
decisions here. All I can do is report it," said Marrero.

Censorship, however, is not yet activated on messages that are sent to
foreign countries, perhaps because of their high cost: 1 Cuban
convertible peso (about $1 US) per 160 characters. Blocking them would
provoke more complaints from disgruntled customers and would have set
off alarm bells much earlier. However, in text messages received from
abroad the same censorship applied to domestic text messaging is also
applied.

In late 2001, Pakistan implemented a similar filter on cellphone text
messages. The telecommunications authorities of that Asian country
created a list of more than 1,600 prohibited terms in English and Urdu,
which included obscene and insulting words, as well as words such as
"condom" and "homosexual."

In the Cuban case it is not morality that guides the scissors of
censorship, because all the words in the popular argot alluding to
sexuality can be sent freely. Cubans can narrate an entire orgy in 160
characters, but cannot send the word "democracia" to their recipients,
not even when they try the trick of changing the "i" to a "1" and try to
sneak in "democrac1a."

The difference with Pakistan lies not only in the reason for blocking
certain phrases or words, but also in the secrecy with which this
censorship has operated for months, perhaps years, in Cuba. Few have
noticed the relationship between certain expressions and communication
problems, because they attribute it to the chronic problems of
congestion and Cubacel's bad service.

With more than three million cell phone users, the Cuban authorities
have bet on few people associating errors in receiving messages with a
desire to prevent the transmission of concepts and words.

The meticulous choice of what terms to block has not been random.
Despite the high prices for mobile phone service, where one domestic
call can cost as much as half a day's wages, the presence of cellphones
in the hands of Cubans has changed ways of interacting and people find
parallel paths to avoid the excessive controls the government impose on
all areas of activity.

"I didn't know this was happening, although now that I read the list of
censored words I'm sure I've used one of them at least once," says Leo,
21, who was waiting outside the Cubacell office on Obispo Street in
Havana this Thursday.

"I watch the news with breakfast," said an astonished young man next to
him, who said he had not noticed blocked terms, "although ETECSA works
so badly that nothing should surprise us any more." During special days,
Christmas or Mother's Day, communicating becomes a real ordeal.

During his students years at the University of Information Sciences
(UCI), the engineer Eliecer Avila worked on the so-called Operation
Truth. His group monitored the internet and created matrices of opinion
favorable to the government in forums, blogs and digital diaries. At
present, Avila leads the independent Somos+ (We Are More) Movement,
which is also on the long list of terms blocked by Cubacel messaging.

"We implemented algorithm projects that, given certain phrases or words
entered by a user into their browser, they would appear preferentially
in official pages," Avila recalled for this newspaper. "We tried to
invisibilize alternative proposals or criticisms."

The presence of an intelligent filter is obvious in this case. If you
type in the text "cacerolazo" – a word meaning the banging and pots and
pans as a form of protest – your message will take much longer to arrive
than some other text. A similar slowdown occurs if you write the names
of Fidel Castro or Raúl Castro, and it is true in the latter case with
or without the accented letter U.

How many dissident meetings have been frustrated because the invitation
message never reached the invitees' inboxes? How many misunderstandings
between couples, domestic squabbles, and uncompleted professional tasks
result from the filtering of messages that include last names such as
Biscet and terms such as plebiscite?

Telecommunications censorship is not a new tool for the Plaza of the
Revolution. Activist frequently denounce the blocking of their
cellphones on December 10th, Human Rights Day, or other times when they
want to gather together.

During the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the island in September of
2012, more than 100 opponents reported the suspension of their cellphone
service, along with house arrests and arbitrary detentions.

A blockade of uncomfortable digital sites has also been a common
practice for officialdom. On the list of inaccessible sites are portals
set up from abroad such as Cubaencuentro, as well as local newspapers
like 14ymedio. More than a few users manage to circumvent the censorship
by sending news via email or sending offline copies of pages that pass
from hand to hand thanks to technological devices like USB flash drives
and external hard drives.

In March of this year, Amnesty International noted that "only 25% of the
Cuban population uses the internet and only 5% of households have a
connection." This situation has strengthened the use of mobile phones,
especially texting, as a way of using "the internet without internet."

Only since 2008 were Cubans legally allowed to have a cellphone contract
and Cubacel currently has over three million users. Last year 800,000
new lines were established throughout the island, despite the high cost
of a national call, the equivalent of half the salary of a working day.

In July 2014, the governments of Cuba and China signed an agreement on
"cooperation in cyberspace." China has transferred to the island its
experience in monitoring and blocking content on the web, especially
what they have learned from their launch in 1998 of the so-called Golden
Shield Project, known worldwide as the Great Firewall, which employs
more than 30,000 censors.

Raul Castro's government has not only copied China's content filtering
strategy, but also the creation of its own social networks to discourage
Cubans from using Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. To achieve this an
ersatz Wikipedia, called Ecured, was created, along with a
platform-style Facebook dubbed La Tendera (The Shopkeeper) and an
unpopular substitute for Twitter known as El Pitazo (The Whistle), all
with little success.

We now know that the Cuban Government wants to go beyond such crude
imitations and aspires to follow in the footsteps of its Great Chinese
Brother, which has a long history of censoring text messaging through a
"keyword list." A user can have their entire messaging function disabled
if their content does not pass the filter of the censors. In the city of
Shanghai alone, the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily reports, messaging
has been blocked for some 70,000 users.

List of Words and Phrases Known to be Blocked by Cubacel

14 y medio
14ymedio
Antunez
Antúnez
Berta Soler
Biscet
Carlos Amel
Coco Farinas
Coco Fariñas
Convivencia
Cuba Posible
Cubanet
Damas de Blanco
Democracia
Democrac1a
DDHH
Derechos humanos
Dictadura
Disidente
Elecciones libres
Generacion Y
Generación Y
Guillermo Farinas
Guillermo Fariñas
Hablemos Press
Huelga de hambre
Jose Daniel Ferrer
José Daniel Ferrer
Oscar Elias Biscet
Óscar Elías Biscet
Plebiscito
Policía Política
Policia Politica
Primavera Negra
Represión
Represion
Seguridad del Estado
Somos+
Todos Marchamos
Unpacu
Yoani Sanchez
Yoani Sánchez

Source: Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words "Democracy" Or "Hunger
Strike" / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Reinaldo Escobar – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/cubacel-censors-texts-with-the-words-democracy-or-hunger-strike-14ymedio-yoani-sanchez-reinaldo-escobar/ Continue reading
"Conoce Cuba," An App Focused On The Private Sector / 14ymedio, Zunilda
Marta

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 31 August 2016 – The daughter of
necessity and ingenuity, the application Conoce Cuba (Meet Cuba) has
been gaining ground on Android phones throughout the island. With an
intuitive design, well made and functional, it stands out among other
tools that also seek to provide information about private services and
places to eat or be entertained.

Conoce Cuba is distributed free in the weekly packet. Its developers,
the young engineers Eliecer Cabrera and Pablo Casas Rodríguez Yordi,
come from Camagüey and two years ago wrote the tool's first lines of
program code. Today, it is the work of their lives of which they feel
most proud.

The two young men have designed versions with similar characteristics
for other provinces, but the capital city is where they have the most
complete inventory of restaurants, scenic places, clubs, cafes and homes
for rent. "In the future we want to offer new services," says Cabrera
Casas, but they prefer to move forward in careful steps and consolidate
what has been achieved.

The tool can be used without an internet connection, a trait shared by
many of the apps created on the island. Some of them were demonstrated
and exchanged during the first meeting of the Cuban Android Community,
which was held last Saturday at the studio of the artist Alexis Leyva
(Kcho), under the slogan "For a technological culture available to all."

The creation of these two camagüeyanos is "useful for visitors to the
island," they explain and they say they have focused "on the private
sector from the beginning." The app only provides "information on places
that offer different services, but doesn't include prices or ratings, so
users have the freedom to choose," says one of the creators.

The long-held dream of the student was taking shape in Cabrera Casas'
mind and when he graduated he made the decision. "If it doesn't exist,
we're going to do it," and he turned his hand to the work with an
obsession that knows no bounds.

Totally free, the developers are careful not to include any license or
restriction that would impede the massive use of Conoce Cuba.

To distribute it, they based their strategy on visiting cellphone
repairers and developed an advantageous collaboration with their owners.
At first, they walked around the city knocking on doors of the
self-employed to offer their product.

The proprietor of the Ultracell workshop in Havana was one of the many
who learned of the existence of Conoce Cuba on the street. After
offering the tool as a part of the installation package he loads on the
phones that come his way, he believes it has increased his numbers of
clients and their satisfaction.

Currently the two engineers have also developed a way for business
owners to contact them via email so they can request changes and updates
in the tab associated with their business.

They acknowledge, however, they have had to overcome many obstacles to
pursue their dream. Technological limitations hinder any work of this
kind, but above all they are held back by the restricted internet access
afflicting the country.

Cuba is one of the nations with the lowest rate of connectivity in the
world, with only 5% of the population on-line, a percentage that is
reduced to 1% in the case of broadband.

During the first months of work, the young engineers relied on the
internet rooms operated by the Telecommunications Company of Cuba
(ETECSA), or on friends who copied for them "some tools" they didn't
have, said Cabrera Casas.

Today, competitors abound, such as the app Isladentro (Island Within)
one of the most popular in Cuba. This tool also offers a guide for
travelers, is available for free, and in addition it not only shows
private services, but also state services and is organized by province.

"That people can find a great deal of information no further away than
their pocket" was the objective guiding the two engineers who created
Conoce Cuba, and so far they seem to have succeeded.

Source: "Conoce Cuba," An App Focused On The Private Sector / 14ymedio,
Zunilda Marta – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/conoce-cuba-an-app-focused-on-the-private-sector-14ymedio-zunilda-marta/ Continue reading
The Two Sides Of The Postcard: Diary Of A Returnee, Part 3 / 14ymedio,
Dominique Deloy

14ymedio, Dominique Deloy, Santiago de Cuba, 2 September 2016 — It had
been years since I'd seen my husband's family. So we traveled to
Santiago de Cuba, where many of them live. Upon arrival, after 17 hours
by bus with a broken suspension, a pleasant surprise awaited me: the
city seemed more flirtatious than ten years ago.

"Thanks to [hurricane] Sandy," say the santiagueros with the black humor
that characterizes them, the city has been beautified: a new public
transit station, some gaily painted houses, the cathedral restored and
its angel re-clothed in golden garments. They also told me that Sandy
has cleaned the beaches, in fact we were able to enjoy one of them, a
wonder of trash-free white sand, as we had never seen before.

We also saw, although this has nothing to do with the terrible hurricane
of 2012 – works of art decorating the streets, paintings, sculptures,
lamps of pretty colors and, above all, a maritime promenade that doesn't
make you want to cry like before, where now you can really walk, and
even connect to the internet! In addition, you can take a boat ride on
the magnificent bay, for a low price in Cuban pesos.

Unfortunately, when it came time to visit the family, a bitter
disappointment awaited me with the other side of the postcard: everyone
seemed to live in the same conditions as before, and the young people
thought of nothing but escaping to another country at any cost, so as
not to have to live like their elders.

My aunt Candita, 59, an architect and Head of Service at the Housing
Institute, continues to earn the same salary as before: it doesn't
exceed 18 CUC (roughly $18 US) a month. My niece Glaydis got a big
promotion: now she is the manager of a very famous candy store in the
city, where she works seven days a week for 13 CUC a month. And she's
lucky because she can bring home cakes! Although she must pay for them
of course. My cousin Juan, who also completed his higher education, is
the head of a large furniture company. He is 53 and has worked there for
forever: he is the most fortunate of all these professionals, earning 20
CUC a month.

I was pensive and on my return to Havana I went to the supermarket near
my house to note down some prices, because sometimes my friends in
France don't believe me. How can a person live on a salary ten times
lower than those in some countries in Africa? Perhaps the prices of
basic products are significantly lower? No way! They are as high or
higher than in France. You don't have to be a great mathematician to
realize that Glaydis, over the space of a month, cannot purchase any
more than a pound of cheese, two quarts of juice and bottle of detergent.

Sometimes I feel that everyone is being punished here. But what did they do?

Source: The Two Sides Of The Postcard: Diary Of A Returnee, Part 3 /
14ymedio, Dominique Deloy – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/the-two-sides-of-the-postcard-diary-of-a-returnee-part-3-14ymedio-dominique-deloy/ Continue reading
Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 2 September 2016 – At the dining room
table the grandparents are playing with their two granddaughters. They
ask them what they would ask the genie for if they happened to stumble
on a magic lamp in the corner. "I want a plate full of chicken and
French fries," the littlest one said immediately, while the older said
she wanted it to rain candy. Their second wish included ice cream by the
ton and the third wish concentrated on endless cheeseburgers.

National television broadcasts a report about a popular camping site
that has been renovated and reopened to the public this summer. One
customer smiles at the camera and says, "The food is good." The
administrator of the recreation spot enumerates the dining options and
promises that culinary offerings "suited to all pocketbooks and well
prepared" await whose who book one of the cabins scattered in the
countryside.

Education Minister Ena Elsa Velázquez, calls for moral and material
respect for teachers to avoid the exodus that profession is suffering as
teachers quit for other—more lucrative—jobs in other areas. The official
recommended holding agricultural fairs next to school buildings, with
sales of pork and produce, so the educators can buy food after work.

An opponent of the Castros visiting a market in Miami recorded a video
in which he says the only way his compatriots would be willing to
"overthrow the dictatorship" would be if they were promised that the
shelves would then be full of the same variety of beers on offer in
Miami. The well-known dissident lists the prices, the quantity of food
available in pounds and the high quality of the products that star in
his video.

A nouveau riche couple books two nights all-inclusive at a Varadero
hotel. They manage to polish off a lunch with two pork steaks each, a
serving of fried beef, several helpings of rice and beans, along with a
pile of succulent shrimp and lobster. Returning home they fail to
describe a single example of the scenery they admired during their trip.

When was it that we Cubans came to be ruled by our stomachs? At what
moment were we conquered by a mouth that swallows and a brain that
thinks only of food? Can our dreams and desires be reduced to filling
our bellies, whetting our appetites and cleaning our plates?

Unfortunately, yes. Decades of shortages and economic hardships have
brought us to a plane of survival where food is the center, obsession
and goal of millions of people who inhabit this island. That obfuscation
often does not allow us to see beyond, because "with an empty belly, who
will think about politics," as any materialistic philosopher would say.

The problem is that "hungry once, always hungry." When a tongue of flame
rises into the esophagus, when a few grains of rice are at the center of
wet dreams and some crumbs of bread are the be-all and end-all, it is
immoral to talk about something beyond whetting the appetite.

We have been condemned, as a people, to mastication, gastric juices and
digestion. In the process we have lost what makes us human and become
creatures of the feedlot, more focused on the dinner bell than on our
rights of free association or expression.

We are like Pavlov's dog, whoever brings us a plate of food will make us
react and salivate. How sad!

Source: Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez –
Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/thinking-with-our-stomachs-14ymedio-yoani-sanchez/ Continue reading
Cuban Workers In State Enterprises Will Pay Taxes Starting In October /
EFE, 14ymedio

EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 1 September 2016 — The workers of more than
94% of Cuba's state enterprises will have to pay personal income taxes
and a special contribution to social security starting on October 1,
Cuba's official media reported Thursday.

Deputy Minister of Finance and Prices, Meisi Bolaños, said that both
taxes will be collected in state enterprises if they pay workers bonuses
on top of the basic salary for performance and for the distribution of
benefits, according to the state-run Cuban News Agency.

The tax on personal income will be fixed when the monthly salary exceeds
2,500 Cuban pesos (about $100 US), with a tax of 3% on income up to
5,000 Cuban pesos, and 5% on income above this figure.

The companies themselves are responsible to withhold or deduct taxes
from workers, the report said.

The official also said the tax rates will be set according to business
results generated at the end of September, according to the provisions
of the 2016 Law on the State Budget.

Meanwhile, the Director of Income in the Ministry of Finance and Prices,
Vladimir Regueiro, said the workers would pay the charges if they
receive additional compensation payments for improvements in performance
or efficiencies or the distribution of earnings as an incentive for
collective efficiency.

He also clarified that the special contribution to social security will
be from those who receive remuneration above 500 Cuban pesos (about $20
US) in monthly income, and the tax will be 5% of the total.

At the end of the first trimester of this year, 1,306 Cuban state
enterprises paid monthly wages of more than 500 Cuban pesos, including
403 that paid more than 1,000 Cuban pesos, and 25 with an average salary
of 2,500 Cuban pesos, according to data from the Ministry of Labor and
Social Security.

The Finance and Prices management noted that these taxes are targeted to
"support the economic development of the country and public expenditure."

The new Tax System Law, which entered into force in Cuba in 2013,
provides for the gradual and flexible application of taxes.

Currently workers in private businesses, agricultural and
non-agricultural cooperatives and artists, creators, support staff in
the cultural sector, designers, employees working in foreign
enterprises, owners of land transport and boats and businesses and
corporations are required to pay taxes on earnings.

Translator's note: While in the past Cuba's state workers have not had
taxes deducted directly from their pay, the government effectively
"deducts taxes" before it pays the workers, who historically have
received a pittance for their labor.

Source: Cuban Workers In State Enterprises Will Pay Taxes Starting In
October / EFE, 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
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Cubacel censura los SMS con las palabras “democracia” o “huelga de hambre” YOANI SÁNCHEZ/ REINALDO ESCOBAR, La Habana | Septiembre 03, 2016 Si está pensando enviar un mensaje de solo texto deseándole a un amigo una “feliz convivencia” con su familia o que no se someta a “la dictadura del trabajo”, es muy probable que […] Continue reading
Regreso a clases en Cuba, una odisea para los padres 02 de septiembre de 2016 – 20:09 – Por IVÁN GARCÍA En el inicio de cada curso escolar los padres se ven obligados a comprar uniformes en el mercado negro y a hacer piruetas para remozar las escuelas LA HABANA.- Luego de levantarse al amanecer, […] Continue reading
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El Gobierno cubano anunció el viernes que construirá siete parques eólicos en su región oriental con la participación de la empresa española Gamesa, informó la televisión estatal, reporta este sábado EFE.

El directivo de la empresa estatal cubana Unión Eléctrica (UNE), Ángel Delgado, explicó que los siete parques sumarán una potencia total de 750 megavatios a la Isla. 

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Beyond sushi wrap: Expanding number of valuable uses drives astonishing growth of seaweed farming; Experts urge industry to learn from agriculture, fisheries HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 3, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A rising number of valuable … Continue reading

El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, fue repudiado por un grupo de personas mientras caminaba rumbo a un acto en la localidad de Villa Rosa, en Isla Margarita, reporta Infobae

El lider opositor y gobernador de Miranda, Henrique Capriles, publicó los vídeos del momento a través de su cuenta de Twitter. 

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(EFE).- El Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) y el Banco Central de Cuba (BCC) firmaron en La Habana un convenio que sienta las bases para el intercambio y una futura entrada de la isla como accionista de la institución financiera, publica hoy la prensa oficial de la isla.

El presidente del BCC, Ernesto Medina, explicó que este es "un primer paso de acercamiento" que abre oportunidades para asistencias técnicas, formación de especialistas, y prestación de créditos para "proyectos de interés como la infraestructura y el medioambiente", señala una nota del estatal diario Granma.

Medina señala que aunque Cuba todavía no es un país miembro del CAF, la entidad puede gestionar respaldos a través de terceros que la isla podría usar para intentar cumplir su meta de llegar a 2030 con el 24 por ciento de su energía generada a partir de fuentes alternativas al petróleo.

Por su parte, el presidente ejecutivo del CAF, Enrique García, explicó que el convenio es "una carta de entendimiento que facilita la cooperación" entre el país caribeño y la institución financiera, que comenzó a operar en 1970 y favorece el desarrollo sostenible y la integración de América Latina, de acuerdo a Granma.

Además, señaló que este es resultado de conversaciones que desde 2013 han sostenido "para forjar lazos y agendas comunes entre Cuba y el CAF".

"En Cuba vemos un potencial enorme y queremos ayudarlos a avanzar en el perfeccionamiento de su economía", aseguró García, quien terminará mañana su visita oficial a La Habana.

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Escritor a periódico oficialista: “Es una suerte que mi nombre no aparezca entre sus páginas” Publicó una carta abierta como protesta Viernes, septiembre 2, 2016 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- En una carta abierta al periódico oficialista Vanguardia, órgano del Partido Comunista de Cuba en la provincia de Villa Clara, el escritor Arístides Vega Chapú […] Continue reading
‘The New York Times’ califica de ‘irracional’ la política migratoria de EEUU hacia la Isla DDC | La Habana | 2 de Septiembre de 2016 – 14:49 CEST. El diario estadounidense The New York Times calificó de “anacrónica” e “irracional” la actual política migratoria de Washington hacia Cuba y criticó el rechazo del Gobierno de […] Continue reading