In the integration of its nations lies the progress of the Caribbean.

Integration as the basis for the realization of any common project leading to economic progress and the well-being of the peoples of the region was a premise defended at the inaugural session of the VI Conference on International Cooperation of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), which was attended by the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and the member of the Political Bureau and Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

In his welcoming remarks to representatives from more than 86 countries, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, highlighted the forum as ideal to welcome initiatives that envision new paths to work in the immediate future, with a view to sustainable development in areas such as disaster risk reduction, sustainable tourism, trade, maritime and air transport, intra and inter-regional economic relations, adaptation to climate change and protection of the Caribbean Sea.

This will be an opportune space for "exchanging on the possibilities of financing with donors, banks and international organizations," said the Cuban minister, and acknowledged that structural transformation and innovation are indispensable for the sustainable and competitive progress of our economies.

He reiterated that advanced technology transfers, personnel training and additional resources are required, which are impossible for each country to assume in isolation, and therefore the complementary contribution of North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation is needed.

Rodolfo Sabonge, ACS Secretary General, emphasized the symbolism of holding the meeting in Cuba, a champion of international solidarity, especially with the countries of the region.

Mario Adolfo Búcaro, Chairman of the ACS Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, assured that the strategies presented will have an impact on the economic reactivation of the region. 

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