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5340 Cuba helping Haiti to modernize sugar mill (fwd)
Cuba helping Haiti to modernize sugar mill
HAVANA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Cuba, a leading sugar exporter, is helping its
impoverished Caribbean neighbor, Haiti, to upgrade its sugar industry by
supplying engineers and equipment to modernize a Haitian sugar mill, Cuban
officials said Monday.
Details of the Cuban assistance project were given during a meeting in Havana
of a joint Cuban-Haitian cooperation commission attended by Haitian President
Around 30 Cuban sugar industry specialists were currently in Haiti working on
the Darbone Sugar Factory in Leogane.
Communist-ruled Cuba had sent two containers of equipment and spare parts for
the modernization of the Haitian sugar mill, which should re-open next year,
the Cuban officials said.
The project formed part of a growing program of Cuban technical assistance
for Haiti, which also covered areas like fisheries, education and health.
Around 40 Cuban specialists were assisting with Haitian fisheries projects,
both salt-water and fresh-water.
In addition, Cuba currently had several hundred doctors and health personnel
working in Haiti and some Cuban teachers were taking part in a literacy
At the same time, 250 Haitians were studying to be doctors at a university in
Preval thanked Cuba for its assistance, saying the Cuban aid showed how
developing countries could help each other.
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