In accordance with the Government policy of increasing trade relations with the Latin American and Caribbean area, the Indonesian Embassy in Havana took part in the 30th Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2012) from 4 to 9 November 2012.
FIHAV 2012 was officially opened by the Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca on 4 November 2012.
In his speech, Malmierca expressed that FIHAV represents one of the efforts of the Cuban Government to create conducive investment conditions that may allow Cuba’s foreign trade to continue increasing from one year to another.
Malmierca added that the international world has begun to have confidence to invest in Cuba, which has been shown by the large participation at FIHAV.
During the Fair, Cuba will exhibit its prime products such as in biotechnology, food industry, construction industry and professional services in the health sphere.
These activities represent the largest trade exhibition in the Caribbean area that on this occasion has the participation of approximately 1500 enterprises from 62 countries.
Except for Indonesia, the Asian region taking part at the Fair included among others China, Vietnam, India and South Korea. The Indonesian stand presenting ten special products and potential products of Indonesia was favorably appreciated by the visitors.
Several Cuban and foreign businessmen expressed their interest in carrying out cooperation in rubber, textile and food industry products.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Havana had the opportunity to visit several Cuban enterprises such as the Coral Negro (jewelry), Zerus (sugar cane), Suchel Proquimia (personal hygiene), Labiofam (biotechnology) and Brascuba (cigars/tobacco).
It was informed that the opportunity exists for Indonesia to bring raw material for the confection of jewelry (pearls and precious stones), products of personal hygiene and tobacco. On the other hand, Indonesia can also learn from Cuba as to the development of sugar cane derivatives.
The realization of FIHAV on this occasion was carried out in a crucial moment during which Cuba is involved in the Economy Reform as an implementation of the Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April 2011. The said Economy Reform has led to certain, although limited, liberties for the population. (Source : The Indonesian Embassy in Havana)