Cooperation potentialities between Cuba and the state of Michigan

Image: Members of the Detroit Caucus and Michigan Black Caucus of the state Congress join diplomat Yanet Pumariega (center).

From June 3rd to 6th, 2019 Third Secretary of the Embassy of Cuba in Washington D.C., Yanet Pumariega Pérez visited the State of Michigan. The purpose of her visit and meetings were to discuss the potentialities of improving relations with the state of Michigan and to find mutually beneficial opportunities of cooperation in areas such as health, education, agriculture and trade.

During such visit, the diplomat learnt about the high rate of infant mortality in Detroit and the possibilities of collaboration with Cuba in this field. In this regard, she held fruitful exchanges with Mr. Mike Duggan, Mayor of the City of Detroit, Ms. Alisha Bell, Wayne State Commission chair and Mr. Roy McCalister Jr., Commissioner of the Detroit City Council.

Likewise, Ms. Pumariega had excellent exchanges with Mr. Gary McDowell, Director of Agriculture of Michigan, the presidents of the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Agri-Business Association, as well as the leadership of the agriculture committee of the Senate. They recognized the potentialities of the Cuban market and shared the interest of developing further agricultural trade relations once the U.S. obstacles are lifted.

In Lansing, the diplomat was hosted by members of the Detroit Caucus and Michigan Black Caucus of the state Congress. During this exchange the representatives expressed their interest in how beneficial improving relations between Cuba and the United States are.

The official was able to meet with justices of the Michigan Supreme Court and Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Denise Page Hood about the importance of the judicial cooperation and exchanges between our countries regarding our different law systems and to tackle issues that are of national security interest. The official also exchanged with representatives of the Detroit Mercy Law School and the Windsor Law School of Canada about interests in academic programs between our professionals and students.


Image: Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan meet with diplomat Yanet Pumariega.

She also met with members of the Cuban origin community in the state.

Michigan encourages a cooperative relationship between Cuba and the United States, as expressed in Senate Resolution 70 of the 99th Legislature and a 2019 Detroit City Council Resolution.

During the visit the diplomat could note the existing common ground for bilateral cooperation between Cuba and the United States, based on mutual respect.

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