The main hall of the Heredia Cultural Complex was the venue for the closing of the XVII Edition of the ExpoCaribe 2022 International Fair, a space that made it possible for companies, institutions and MSMEs to exhibit their products in order to gain visibility at a national and international level.
Present at the gala were Antonio Carricarte, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba; José Ramón Monteagudo Ruiz, First Secretary of the Party in the territory; Beatriz Johnson Urrutia, Governor and representatives of the foreign delegations.
“The situation of international economic crisis that affects small economies with greater intensity, forces us to seek in regional integration the capacities to face the enormous challenges that arise and those that lie ahead, especially those related to food security, energy and sanitary”. This was stated by the president of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, Antonio Carricarte, when speaking at the closing ceremony.
In order to gain integration, Carricarte explained, that there is a consensus to make ExpoCaribe visible not only as an exhibition event for Cuba’s eastern provinces, but also as a Caribbean business platform, in which nations can expose their potential, which in the case of Cuba grow with the new actors in the economy.
For her part, the Governor of the Republic thanked the foreign delegations and the people of Santiago for their hospitality and making it possible for this edition of ExpoCaribe 2022 to expand ties between Caribbean countries.
The fair promoted different themes, including a panel on the potential of exportable products and services from the eastern provinces, a geographic segment on which the event emphasizes.
As part of the presentations, the territory of Santiago showed a wide range of options; from local development projects to a modern and recently opened multipurpose port terminal, and three World Heritage entities. The development perspectives of companies such as Tropical Contramaestre, Ronera Santiago and Pharmaceutical Laboratories, in addition to the Universidad de Oriente, were also highlighted.
In its last session, the fair included a day of awards for the best stands, designs and promotion of products exhibited by more than 250 Cuban entities.
In the event, 155 business meetings were held between national and foreign companies, with emphasis on the agri-food, health, tourism, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.