Statement by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, president of the Republic of Cuba, at the videoconference of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council

Miguel Díaz Canel Presidente de la República de Cuba
Miguel Díaz Canel Presidente de la República de Cuba
Miguel Díaz Canel
Presidente de la República de Cuba

I extend my sincere thanks for the invitation conveyed by Kazakhstan, in its condition as President Pro Tempore of the Eurasian Economic Union, to participate in this important meeting, the first I have the honor to attend, after the approval of the Observer status for my country on December 11, 2020.

His Excellency Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

Excellencies, Heads of Delegations of the countries member of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council;

I extend my sincere thanks for the invitation conveyed by Kazakhstan, in its condition as President Pro Tempore of the Eurasian Economic Union, to participate in this important meeting, the first I have the honor to attend, after the approval of the Observer status for my country on December 11, 2020.

I would like to begin by reiterating our gratitude for the encouragement and support from all member States to Cuba’s incorporation to the Eurasian Economic Union as an Observer State and emphasize the importance we attach to this meeting.

Economic, commercial, financial and cooperative relations with the member States of the Union are mutually beneficial and we are ready to cooperate in all the priority areas identified by the Eurasian Economic Commission for the current year.

The 2021-2026 Joint Cooperation Program for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the government of the Republic of Cuba and the Eurasian Economic Commission on May 31, 2018, is part of that goal.

In priority areas, namely trade and economy; banking and financing; health and biotechnology; energy, geology and mining; agro-industry; culture, sports and communications as many as 32 joint actions have already been identified, in keeping with our Economic and Social Strategy designed to give a boost to our economy and confront the world crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; and with our National Economic and Social Development Plan by the year 2030.

Mr. President;

Today, like never before, it becomes imperative to concert our efforts and willpower in favor of the human species, which has been cruelly stratified by the market that marginalizes and excludes the majorities, thus provoking costly imbalances of every kind, which are painfully becoming more visible now due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose effects are to blame for the worst economic recession ever suffered by humanity since World War II.

In the midst of the adverse international situation I have just described, some nations, like ours, suffer from the additional aggression posed by blockades and other unilateral coercive measures, which violate International Law and the UN Charter.

I would like to express here our strongest rejection of the unwarranted unilateral sanctions imposed by the government of the United States against the Russian Federation.  I will likewise denounce and condemn the continued smear campaigns launched by western countries against the Republic of Belarus; the attempts to destabilize that sister nation and the assassination attempts perpetrated against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Cuba, a country that has been suffering a criminal economic and financial siege for more than six decades now, conveys its gratitude to the member States of the Eurasian Economic Union for their steadfast rejection of that genocidal policy implemented by the government of the United States which has been strengthened to unprecedented levels, even under the exceptional conditions resulting from the pandemic.

I would like to inform the Eurasian Supreme Council that, if under that brutal harassment we have managed to cope with the pandemic and show encouraging results, it has been, first and foremost, due to the strong determination of our people to defend the political system chosen by the majority, which can be summarized in a series of social policies that have prioritized human beings over and above any other material or immaterial good.

Based on that principle, our country has articulated a quality, free and universal healthcare system, together with a system of government based on Science and Innovation which prioritizes interconnections among the areas of knowledge, production, goods and services and the different territories.

Based on that, Cuban Science as well as its scientists, researchers and health staff have been able to guarantee the production of 85 per cent of the medicines used in our national protocols to cope with the pandemic, while developing five candidate vaccines that are currently going through different clinical trials phases.

Two of the front-runners of this process, candidate vaccines Soberana 02 and Abdala, are going through Phase III Clinical trials with very promising results; while candidate vaccine Soberana Plus, designed for patients convalescing from COVID-19, is going through Phase II Clinical Trials.

We would like to express here our willingness to establish an effective cooperation with member States of the Eurasian Economic Union, based on the exchange of experience among experts from our countries, medical cooperation as well as cooperation in the development of our candidate vaccines.

We likewise confirm that we are ready to begin with the process of incorporation to the common market of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and technologies, whose creation was established in the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union.

Mr. President;

Cuba reiterates its interest in promoting greater participation among the business community of the Council’s member countries in foreign investments projects in our island, under a modern and attractive legislation and enjoying the facilities offered by the Mariel’s Special Development Zone.

I would also like to emphasize our interest in establishing the foundations for the cooperation between the Development Bank of the Eurasian Economic Union and the banking system of the Republic of Cuba.

Cultural exchanges as well as cooperation in the field of sports and the training of students through a scholarship program in the areas of strength of every one of our countries are other forms of promoting cooperation.

I would also like to make emphasis on our common goals in the area of cooperation and integration for the development of the digital economy and the increase of e-commerce in economic and financial processes, which are consistent with our actions to promote a more dynamic introduction of ICT’s in our society.

I would also like to reiterate Cuba’s willingness to contribute to further promote economic and commercial relations between the member States of this Organization and the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Excellencies;

I have the honor of ratifying Cuba’s commitment to the decisions and agreements that are to be approved in this session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council for the purpose of expanding the scope of our relations. We also support the strategic guidelines for developing Eurasian economic integration until the year 2025.

By tradition and vocation, and due to the imperatives of the complex times we are living through, Cuba is strongly committed to solidarity, cooperation and integration for the strengthening of relations in areas of mutual interest.  The challenges are huge, but I am sure that the sum total of our efforts will allow us to overcome all of them. We feel encouraged by the soundness of the Eurasian Economic Union and the belief that united we will be able to move on faster in the interest of the development of our economies and the wellbeing of our peoples.

Miguel Díaz Canel Presidente de la República de Cuba
Miguel Díaz Canel Presidente de la República de Cuba

We feel inspired by the exemplary friendly relations that our nations built through many years to reiterate to you, once again, from our beloved homeland, what our historical leaders turned into popular belief: Yes, we can.

Thank you, very much.

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