Trade minister visits Cuba
November 5 2012 at 08:37am
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies arrived in Cuba on Saturday to
meet with the country's deputy president Esteban Lazo, his ministers and
several business people, the department said.
Department spokesman Sidwell Medupe said they hoped the visit would
result in strengthened ties with the Caribbean nation.
Davies would also attend the opening of the 30th Havana International
Fair on Sunday, Medupe said.
Several South African companies were exhibiting at the business fair and
Davies would officially open the South African Pavilion.
Of the 216 destinations for South Africa's exports globally, Cuba ranked
83rd in 2011.
Earlier this year, Cuba and South Africa entered into a R350 million
economic assistance package agreement.
The minister said he believed the package would "go a long way in
boosting economic relations".
He was expected to stay in Cuba until Wednesday and then travel to
Jamaica and Brazil. – Sapa