China, Cuba sign agreements to boost biotechnology cooperation

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The agreements included creating joint ventures, developing medicines for cancer treatment, creating a biopharmaceutical industrial park, and other topics of common interest.

Havana, Cuba.

The 12th meeting of the Cuba-China Joint Working Group of Biotech Cooperation ended on Thursday in the Cuban capital, Havana, with signing of agreements between the two countries.

The agreements included creating joint ventures, developing medicines for cancer treatment, creating a biopharmaceutical industrial park, and other topics of common interest.

Mr Wu Hao, China’s Secretary-General of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that the two countries would  sign a memorandum of understanding soon to enhance biotechnology collaboration.

“China and Cuba complement each other in establishing a satisfactory base with huge potential for development,’’ he said.

He added that the two  nations would continue to consolidate work results in years to come.

Mr Eduardo Martinez, President of Cuba’s biotech conglomerate, BioCubaFarma, said that the meeting identified important strategic work guidelines.

He said that he was confident that bilateral collaboration in the field would be enhanced.

The 12th meeting of the Cuba-China Joint Working Group of Biotech Cooperation started on Sept. 6 in Havana, with representatives from both countries.

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