El primer ministro de Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit (i) junto a la vicecanciller cubana Josefina Vidal (d), participa en la ceremonia de colocación de una ofrenda floral ante el monumento en la Plaza de la Revolución al Héroe Nacional cubano José Martí este martes, en La Habana. Foto: Ernesto Mastrascusa/Efe.

Cuban government decorates the Prime Minister of Dominica with the José Martí Order

The Cuban Government decorated this Tuesday the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, with the José Martí Order, the highest distinction awarded. Skerrit received the award from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel during a ceremony held at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, where the two leaders previously held a meeting.

“As always, you are welcome as a brother to Cuba,” the Cuban president told the Prime Minister of Dominica, quoted by Efe. Díaz-Canel recalled other meetings with the visitor and highlighted “his vigorous defense of him over Cuba,” while thanking Dominica for its permanent support in the fight against the embargo (blockade) maintained by the United States Government against the Island. .

The Cuban president told Skerrit his willingness to continue expanding political, economic-commercial and cooperation relations between the two nations.

Shortly before the official reception, Skerrit paid tribute to the National Hero of Cuba, José Martí, in his Mausoleum with a floral offering.

On this second day of his stay in Cuba, which ends today, the visitor toured the international scientific fair BioHabana 2022, where he had an exchange with Cuban scientists and learned about the product portfolio of the BioCubaFarma state pharmaceutical complex.

“We are impressed with what has been happening in Cuba during the last decades, with its indomitable spirit, its intellectual capacity and its commitment to self-determination and hard work,” said the Prime Minister of Dominica quoted by this source.

In this context, the Minister of Development and Empowerment of Youth of Dominica, Adis King, and the deputy director general of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Jorge Valdés, signed an agreement for the commercialization of the Cuban drug Heberprot-P, which is used for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer.

Prime Minister of Dominica arrives in Cuba on an official visit

Skerrit was particularly interested in the vaccines developed and produced by Cuban scientific institutions against COVID-19, with which almost 90 percent of the population of the Caribbean country has been immunized.

The president of BioCubaFarma, Eduardo Martínez, reported that 5,000 doses of the Sovereign 02 anti-COVID vaccine are ready to be donated to the island of Dominica.


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