Castro-Maduro pact shores up Cuba's economic plan
Cuban President Raúl Castro disclosed the economic agenda of the two countries
The projects were ratified during a meeting held between Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro in Havana last weekend, within the framework of the 13th Inter-Governmental Meeting between Venezuela and Cuba.
According to Cuban daily newspaper Gramma, Raúl Castro said that the 51 cooperation projects were agreed upon based on the basic principles set forth in the bilateral comprehensive agreement entered into by the two nations some years ago.
"The Cuban president regarded as transcendental the memorandum of understanding for cooperation, and the adoption of a middle and long-term economic agenda. In this sense, he (Raúl Castro) stressed that such agenda was drafted to project the economic ties and based on the Plan of the Homeland 2013-2019 of the Bolivarian Government, the guidelines of the Social and Economic Policy of the Party and the Revolution, and the Cuban economic plan for 2012-2016," the newspaper read.
Under Hugo Chávez's leadership, Venezuelan became Cuba's main economic and political ally. Since 2000, the two governments have in place a significant number of agreements, including an energy agreement under which Venezuela ships 100,000 oil barrels per day to Cuba under special conditions, EFE cited.
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.