Cuba buys train engines, buses from China
HAVANA (AFP) — President Fidel Castro said Cuba has bought from China
100 train engines and more than 7,000 buses for delivery this year, as
part of his “energy revolution” to save fuel and improve public
transport on the communist island.
“One hundred train engines … we’ve also signed contracts for 1,000
20-ton trucks,” Castro, 79, said Tuesday at the Karl Marx Theater, on
the anniversary of two communist youth organizations.
Castro said more than 7,000 buses would be delivered by China this year,
and “thousands of passenger railroad cars are being repaired” for future
service in Cuba.
He said the purchases were part of his “energy revolution” for
nationwide fuel conservation. He said Cuba’s public transport sector
also needed upgrading after the deterioration that set in following the
demise of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Cuba in January received 12 Chinese train engines valued at 15 million
dollars (12 million euros). In February, it received 1,000
fuel-efficient buses from the Yutong company.
China is Cuba’s second largest trading partner after Venezuela. They
exchanged goods of more than 550 million dollars last year.
Cuba-China bilateral trade is expected to grow 48 percent this year
focusing on transportation, mineral extraction (nickel), electronic
goods, biotechnology, tourism and shipbuilding.