Closer ties between Yucatan and Cuba were in the spotlight in two forums this week, as Merida’s mayor and Yucatan’s governor promoted trade and cultural links in Merida and in Havana.
A variety of Yucatecan products such as processed foods, habanero chile and honey will reach markets in Cuba and Russia through a new air cargo service, which will allow the export of these goods and help consolidate trade between Mexico and these regions.
As part of the 34th International Fair of Havana (FIHAV), Governor Rolando Zapata Bello and local business leaders participated in a meeting with executives of the Russian airline Aeroflot and Yucatecan Air Cargo Services company that will offer preferential rates in the Merida-Cuba route with aircraft for cargo.
This new route, which will start operating soon, will allow from the outset a network of international cargo relations between Yucatan and Europe, especially Russia, as well as Cuba and countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. These regions every day are demanding more products and inputs from Yucatan’s small and medium-sized industry, officials said in a statement
Meanwhile, Merida’s mayor, Mauricio Vila Dosal, received in recent days the ambassador of Cuba in Mexico, Dagoberto Rodriguez Barrera, who took the opportunity to thank Vila for the attention Cuba has received in the city during his term as ambassador, which will end soon.
At the meeting, the ambassador said Merida has a wide cultural offering and congratulated the Mayor for the appointment of Merida as American Capital of Culture 2017, especially for being the first city in the world to receive this recognition on two occasions.
“It will be an honor for Cubans to be part of this celebration and achieve Merida-Cuba cultural fusion,” he said.
The ambassador noted that the sum of cultural activities will reinforce and attract more Cuban tourists who can enjoy a host of cultural activities.
The mayor invited the ambassador to participate in cultural events on the occasion of the appointment of Merida as CAC 2017 and the 475th anniversary of the city.
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