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Government of Canada : Press Releases: Cuba

Related Link: "Canada at Havana Trade Fair" (source: AIN)

November 1, 2002 (9:40 a.m. EST) No. 136


Denis Paradis, Secretary of State for Latin America, Africa and La Francophonie, today announced that he will be leading a delegation of parliamentarians and business representatives to Cuba from November 2 to 6, 2002. While in Cuba, Secretary of State Paradis will meet with senior government officials, promote trade and participate in a number of cultural events.

"Canada and Cuba have maintained an uninterrupted bilateral relationship since 1945, and we consider Cuba to be an important partner in bilateral trade, investment and development cooperation," said Mr. Paradis.

The Secretary of State will attend the 20th Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV), the largest trade fair in Cuba and the Caribbean, where he will participate in the official opening of the Canadian pavilion. More than 65 Canadian companies and two provinces (Quebec and Manitoba) will be represented at the fair this year. Canadian companies have been present at FIHAV every year since its inception. FIHAV organizers have identified November 5 as "Canada Day" to highlight the involvement of Canadian companies at the event.

On November 4, Mr. Paradis will also inaugurate a cultural exhibit celebrating Pierre Trudeau at the International Press Center in Havana, and on November 5, he will meet with students at the University of Havana.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Isabelle Mignault
Office of the Secretary of State
(Latin America and Africa) (Francophonie)
(613) 995-1852

Media Relations Office
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
(613) 995-1874

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