The discussions are taking place in Cuba, where a delegation from the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is currently visiting, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and seeking further cooperation between the two nations in areas such as health, energy, agriculture and trade and investment.
The delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Asim Martin, is also focusing on energy saving techniques such as the programme related to the replacement of incandescent bulb with CFC bulb and solar and LED lighting options. They have had some success in this pursuit as the Cuban Minister of Energy, Alfredo Lopez Valdes, has already given assurance of a commitment to provide St. Kitts and Nevis with a shipment of these types of lighting solutions.
The members of the delegation which also includes, the Foreign Minister, Patrice Nisbett, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Mr. Lenrick Lake, visited the Ministry of Energy and Mining, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Other meetings included one between the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Antonio Carricarte Corona which highlighted a scientific breakthrough in Cuban medicine related to treatment of complication related to the treatment of diabetes. The Dr. Martin sought the support of the Cuban official for a pilot project to be planned and implemented as soon as possible in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The former Minister of Health indicated that he would discuss these new developments on his return to St. Kitts and Nevis with the now Minister of Heath, Marcella Liburd.
The Minister then later made a courtesy call on the Cuban Minister of Agriculture, Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero at his offices in Havana. During the discussions, matters related to the factors that contribute to a high food import bill in both countries were discussed in great detail. It was agreed that the present situation is unsustainable and both countries must work together to ensure food security for all of their people. The Cuban Minister expressed that steps are being discussed to address these issues and Cuba has moved expeditiously to invest in organoponic farming.
Minister Martin, in applauding the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture in Cuba, requested technical assistance from the Cuban Minister for a similar venture to be developed in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Cuban Minister of Agriculture gave his commitment to provide the necessary human resource and technical assistance that will be required to establish these types of farms throughout the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.