Laura Bécquer Paseiro
CARACAS.— The Comprehensive
Cooperation Agreement Cuba-Venezuela is based on
solidarity, mutual support and respect for
sovereignty and complimentarity, stated Cuban
ambassador to Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco.
In a meeting with the Cuban press,
regarding the 14th anniversary of the signing of the
document (November 30, 2000), the diplomat stated
that the Agreement is entering a new stage which
includes achieving "greater efficiency and
rationality in all bi-national projects."
He commented that there are
currently 42,000 Cuban collaborators working in
Venezuela in diverse spheres, responding to "the
needs of the plans implemented in the sister nation."
Maintaining and consolidating
achievements and identifying new areas of common
interest, in accordance with the advance of the
Bolivarian Revolution form part of Agreement
objectives, stated Polanco.
The ambassador cited as an example,
Cuba’s contribution to the Socialist Mission Bases,
through the transfer of technology for
pharmaceutical production, as well as the training
of health specialists.
This demands the effort and
participation of dozens of Cuban and Venezuelan
institutions in order to maintain a sufficient
number of initiatives, which enable us to achieve
the social and economic goals envisioned by
Comandantes Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez, he noted.
Polanco also highlighted the impact
of the Agreement both on Venezuelan and Cuban
society, describing it as "vital to the socio-economic
development" of both countries.
"Hundreds of agreements have been
adopted over the years which have focused on the
most crucial issues affecting the life of both our
nations: health, education, culture and sport. In
addition to agriculture, industry, transport and
telecommunications," he stated.
The initiative has had a substantial
impact on Human Development rates in Venezuela, a
nation which today, has achieved important results
in poverty reduction. According to the diplomat, for
Cuba it has resulted in "human, political and
cultural enrichment," given that "our collaborators
return, having grown from a human perspective, ready
to offer the results of their collaboration in our
The agreement has also constituted a
great help to the Cuban energy sector.
Caracas and Havana have drawn up
strategic mutual support plans, an example of which,
Polanco stated, are mechanisms such as the
Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America
(Alba), founded 10 years ago.
Solidarity, one of the principles of
the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel
Castro, is not giving what we have left over, but
sharing what we have, and forms the foundations of
joint projects geared toward the economic and social
development of both nations.
"Cuba and Venezuela are more united
than ever in this battle for the dignity of our
peoples, for the second independence of our homeland,"
expressed President Chávez at the time. And so it
remains, a decade later.