Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand with concurrent accreditations to the Republic of Fiji, Cook Islands, Independent State of Samoa, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, Republic of Kiribati

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Cuban Ambassadors to New Zealand pays a courtesy call to the Speaker of the House
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wellington, February 10, 2016. At his offices in Parliament House, the Right Honourable David Carter, Speaker of the House, received on a courtesy call the Ambassador of Cuba, H.E. Mr. Mario Alzugaray, occasion in which both exchanged cordially on various topics, highlighting the interest of each side in further promoting relations between the two countries.



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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter No. 5/2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016


US and Cuba enforcement agencies continue to cooperate on the fight against peopletrafficking in the region, and wine producers want exchanges with Cuba in spite of the effects of the continuing blockade. Brazilian giant conglomerate Odebrecht tells of its philosophy for Cuba’s Mariel Special Zone Development and we learn how the FAO is to help with technology to increase milk and meat yields.

Cuban and US doctors are sharing knowledge about newborns and plan an exchange programme; we learn that Cuba is deeply involved in the development of biopharmaceuticals for advanced cancer treatment and Cuba’s measures for the prevention of the Zika virus are announced.

We cover the visit by Raúl to France and learn of more easing of trade debt barriers; we hear of the visit to Cuba of the Palestine’s foreign minister; Pope Francis and Patriarch Kiril have chosen Cuba for their historic meeting and we cover in depth Cuba’s annual book fair, where Uruguay is guest country of honour, follow with news of the winners of the Casa de las Américas — all six categories, from the 400 works submitted from all of Latin America, and end with coverage of a goodwill visit by 200 young people from Argentine, Brazil and Chile — from the 23rd South American Voluntary Work Brigade.



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Governor General of New Zealand confirms interest in increasing ties with Cuba
Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Governor General of New Zealand, The Right Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae, expressed satisfaction with the good moment in relations with Cuba and confirmed the interest of his country in increasing bilateral ties. His remarks took place during a brief meeting with the Ambassador of Cuba, Mario Alzugaray, on the occasion of the commemoration of Waitangi Day.

The Cuban diplomat, on his part, conveyed his congratulations on the occasion of the 176 anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and expressed the will of his government to promote further exchanges with New Zealand and Pacific Region.


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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter No. 4/2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Within hours of last week’s newsletter going out to readers with the rather glum repetition of ‘no change’ came the news of a solid concession — the authorisation of credit by US banks to Cuban and other countries’ banks, both in and out of the US, with very positive implications for Cuba’s trading environment.

We follow with DIPLOMACY — news of dealings with France, CELAC, Uruguay and military cooperation in the Caribbean with the US.

TRADE AND TRAVEL covers the results of the thaw with Washington with record numbers of tourists coming to the island, there’s a round-up of Cuba’s Olympic prospects for judo practitioners, news of international chess, and baseball in the Americas.

Finally INSIDE CUBA tells of another honour for prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, and add coverage of the annual March of the Torches last week, commemorating Jose Marti.



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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand Newsletter No. 3/2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Optimism on the blockade — from Columbian ex-president and current secretary of the Union of South American Nations Ernesto Samper, and former US congressmen — must be set against a total lack of news on actual progress. US citizens can’t travel freely to Cuba and in spite of getting its Havana Club brand back from Bacardi Cuba of course can’t sell it in the US.

This week Ecuador is hosting the current meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez is in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, meeting health workers in forestry areas, and we look in some depth at the drive of the Association of Caribbean States to ‘eradicate underdevelopment and achieve sustainable economic and social progress’ in the region.

The Cuban Cooperation Association was the forum for positive comments on French/Cuban relations; we cover a spat of minor earthquakes in the eastern provinces, and conclude with coverage of wrestlers from Cuba — ‘an indisputable global wrestling powerhouse’ — and their prospects at the Rio Olympics.


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