A public lecture to celebrate Caricom-Cuba Day in Dominica

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussions LocalNews A public lecture to celebrate Caricom-Cuba Day in Dominica by: – December 8, 2011 Sharecenter_img President of the Dominica Cuba Friendship Association, Frankie Lowe .The achievements, challenges and relationship between Cuba and Dominica will be examined during a Public Lecture carded for Thursday evening, to mark Caricom-Cuba Day in Dominica.This year marks the 39th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations of Cuba with Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, which took place on December 8th, 1972. The Heads of State and Government of Cuba and CARICOM who met in their first summit in Havana in December 2002, established that December 8th will be observed as the CARICOM-Cuba Day and in commemoration to this date, summit meetings will be held every three years.Dominica’s Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Alba Coordinator, Dr Philbert Aaron will be the presenter at Thursday’s lecture carded for 7:00pm at the Baracoon Building in Roseau.President of the Dominica Cuba Friendship Association, Mr Frankie Lowe says that the observance is of great significance to Dominica.He noted that the achievements celebrated today as a result of Dominica’s relations with Cuba can be many.“We see it as important in sensitizing the general public on why the Dominica Cuba Friendship Association is in existence and the whole relation with Cuba and Caricom. It is important to know and for us in the Caribbean to remember that we have profited and benefitted from the relationship. It brings to mind several things to include the scholarships that Cuba has given to Caricom-member states. For Dominica alone we have about 400 professionals now trained through scholarships by Cuba. We also have a medical collaboration where we had the establishment of the nursing school, the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit. Cuba was also very instrumental in providing medical support to Haiti following the earthquake there”.Mr Lowe said that while the Caribbean region faces political, economic, social and natural challenges, which require a united attention, the association is poised on building a movement with students who continue to benefit under the Cuba-Dominica friendship.“The challenges we have here in Dominica is to get past students who have actually benefited from the programmes to be part of the movement to foster social and economical change. It is proving very difficult to get students to be part of the movement. I think we need to remember that in the good book it says that God doesn’t like an ungrateful people and an ungrateful nation. It is important that we are grateful, that we meet and discuss and even socialize; so the problem really is here rather than the other side”. Cuba highly appreciates that CARICOM countries share a clear position against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba and openly express themselves publicly in this regard.The Dominica Cuba Friendship Association continues to support the government of Dominica’s stance on the embargo.“It is known that we as an association as well as the government of Dominica has made several presentations to the UN and other regional bodies and we think that it is time that the embargo be lifted. We are in support against the embargo and we think that there is no moral justification to have the embargo against Cuba. We think that it is high time that the embargo is lifted”.Out of the 19 countries of the region that expressed their rejection against the blockade in their speeches at the 66 session of the United Nations General Assembly, 10 are members of CARICOM, including Dominica.The Dominica Cuba Friendship Association will culminate the celebrations with a ‘Latin Night’ fundraising activity at the Marinor Complex at River Estate, Canefield on Friday, December 9th, 2011 from 9:00pm. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img

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