Presidency of Cuba in ECLAC gained recognition of the region

Havana - The appointment of Cuba as head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), a period about to end, garnered a recognition for Cuba, according to official sources.

The Minister of Foreign Trade Rodrigo Malmierca recognized Cuba's pro-tempore presidency in the organization as an opportunity to contribute to sustainable development in the region and the promotion of South-South cooperation.

In an interview with the Cubadebate portal, Malmierca explained that the work of the Cuban presidency in this period focused on three fundamental lines: progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the region, the strengthening of South-South cooperation and the prioritization of the Caribbean.

'The main results, I believe, have been associated with our presidency of the Forum of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development; and with the ECLAC South-South Cooperation Committee,' he said.

'As pro-tempore presidency, we also assumed the presidency of both institutions in May 2018,' he added.

ECLAC is the main mechanism in Latin America and the Caribbean to follow up on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, as well as a space for the exchange of experiences and good practices in the matter.

According to the minister, the direction of the organization represented a challenge for Cuba, subject to the strict economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government, which limits its ability to cooperate and contribute to those objectives.

'But we also have a historical tradition of resistance, a highly prepared diplomacy and a great vocation for development,' he stressed.

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