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Havana. October 30, 2014

Cuba and Venezuela: 14 years of cooperation

The Cuba-Venezuela Comprehensive Agreement is celebrating its 14th anniversary, implementing a variety of social programs throughout the entire country, key among which are those of public health and education. Over this period, mutually beneficial economic and social projects have been developed, guided by the spirit of their creators: historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

On October 30, 2000, both dignitaries signed the Caracas Agreement, resulting in the expansion of bilateral relations.

In addition to being of mutual benefit to both nations, the document supports Latin American and Caribbean integration.

Important within the Agreement is the Barrio Adentro mission, designed to strengthen the public health system and which, according to official statistics, has provided 617 million consultations free of charge.

According to the vice president of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, thanks to the alliance 1.7 million Venezuelans have been taught to read through Operation Robinson and the eye sight of 1.9 million citizens has been restored as part of Operation Miracle, to treat people with ophthalmologic diseases.

Some 1,781,922 Venezuelans have been taught to read through Cuba’s educational program “Yo sí puedo” (Yes, I can).

Among the sectors which benefit from Cuba-Venezuela cooperation are: sports, culture, food-agriculture, energy, housing, transport, construction, finances, trade and industry. (PL)

 

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