II CUBA 2021 BUSINESS FORUM

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Closing ceremony of the II Cuba 2021 Business Forum and call for the III Edition and the XXXVIII Havana International Trade Fair

Dear government representatives. Chambers of Commerce.

Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies. Businessmen from Cuba and the world.

New economic actors.

Cubans living abroad, who have accompanied us during these four days.

The II Edition of the Cuba 2021 Business Forum has been the most important trade and investment event of this year, which has had a special significance, as it has taken place at a time when the country is beginning a new normality and the gradual recovery of its economy.

We are facing a favourable situation that has been possible thanks to the results of the science and research promoted by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, more than 3 decades ago, which have developed 3 Cuban vaccines against COVID-19: Abdala, Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus, which has made it possible to immunise more than 90% of the Cuban population. Progress continues to be made in the achievement of 2 other vaccine candidates: Soberana 01 and Mambisa.

The II Cuba 2021 Business Forum, from the quantitative point of view, has been superior to the first edition, taking into account the high and diverse national and international participation, as well as the modalities for its implementation.

Some 2,285 participants from 86 countries registered, including 8 government representations, 23 Chambers of Commerce, 41 Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies, 1,280 entrepreneurs from Cuba and the world, and 215 non-state Cuban forms of management.

On this occasion, a Virtual Fair was held for the first time, in which 617 entities from 46 countries requested a stand as exhibitors; of these, 5 government institutions, 5 Chambers of Commerce, 9 Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies, 524 entrepreneurs and 74 forms of non-state management.

The most visited stands were those of the Agroindustrial Company Ceballos, the company Caracol, S.A., the company Flora y Fauna, as well as the stands of the non-state management forms: MERCASA, AVANGENIO, EXITROS and the Caguayo Foundation. In total, more than 6,000 users visited the Business Forum website.

The event was transmitted via streaming through the Cuban audiovisual platform Picta, 453 downloads, 29 publications, 6,985 visits and 5,241 reproductions of the channel created for the transmission of the event were reported.

Although this event does not replace the Havana International Fair, nor is it its objective to do so, it constitutes an important space to expand the possibilities of participation of national and foreign entrepreneurs, new Cuban economic actors including non-state forms of management, government representatives, Chambers of Commerce and Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies, who wish to interact and exchange on business and trade with the Island.

We intend to continue to refine the technological support for this, in order to further broaden the participation of economic stakeholders, as well as the facilities that these platforms can provide to visitors and exhibitors.

We thank all those who have given their time to participate in this Forum and for their valuable contribution to its success.

We would like to specially acknowledge and congratulate the Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, RTV Comercial, the Pyxel Solutions Cooperative, the Translators and Interpreters Services Team (ESTI), the University of Computer Sciences (UCI) and the Scientific and Technological Park of Havana, the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA), the Palco Business Group and ProCuba, for their active participation in ensuring the success of this event. To the press for their permanent support.

The experience gained in these two editions allows us to affirm that the combination of face-to-face and virtual events is a much more enriching and effective experience in terms of the scope of the activities that are developed and the possibilities of participation of those who are interested in the themes of the event and of overcoming the vicissitudes that have arisen.

In this way, we close the II Cuba 2021 Business Forum and we invite you to its III Edition and to the XXXVIII Havana International Fair in November next year.

Thank you very much.

 

Ricardo Cabrizas Ruiz
Deputy Prime Minister

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