Sunday, September 24, 2017

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA

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EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA
Chancery: Domentijanova 4, Belgrade
Tel: +381 (11) 3692-441, +381 (11) 3692-689
Fax: +381 (11) 3692-442
E-mail: recepcion@ambasadakube.org.rs
Web page: www.cubadiplomatica.cu/serbia


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Monday – Friday: 09.00-15.00h (Chancery)
Tuesday and Thursday: 09.00-12.00h (Consular Section)


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H.E. Mrs. Adela Mayra RUIZ GARCÍA

H.E. Mrs. Adela Mayra RUIZ GARCÍA

adelaThe economic cooperation of Serbia and Cuba is still not on a level we would like it to be. We are working on increasing the trade exchange, stated this country’s ambassador in Belgrade, Adela Mayra Ruiz Garcia. Cuba is a special guest of the Fair of ethno food and beverages, where it will present the national brands such as mojito and molleja. The Cuban Ambassador was interviewed by or reporter Ranka Pavlovic.

Serbia and Cuba are tied by the friendly and fraternal relations and the 70 years of good diplomatic relations, hence our motive for intensification, especially of the economic cooperation, Ambassador Ruiz Garcia said. “We have the political dialog on the highest level, thus our belief that we will continue the cooperation, as there is a common interest in it,” she assessed. “It is a great honor for Cuba to be partaking in the 9th Fair of ethno food and beverages. We would like to present some of our national dishes, such as molleja, a specialty made of entrails. Serbs like the Cuban food, and our drinks and cigars are renowned worldwide,” says our collocutor. The national beverage – mojito – will be served during the fair, and many people will not resist the rhythms of salsa. This energetic dance was again promoted among the Serbian public in mid-November, when the traditional festival of Cuban music and dance was held – “Havana in Belgrade”.

With regards to the improvement of the bilateral relations, her Excellency underlines there is mutual interest for the investments in the field of pharmacy and bio-technologies, especially the production of seeds. There is also cooperation in the tourism sector, and the number of Serbian tourists in Cuba is growing by the year. Mayra Ruiz Garcia has emphasized that in march this year a new law on foreign investments was passed in Cuba, and the presentation of ore than 600 options for cooperation was made. Also, an economy fair was recently held in Havana, which is the most important event of that kind in the Caribbean region. The fair was attended by more than 300 representatives from many countries of the Latin America, as well as Europe. Planned for the next year is the seminar on the possibilities of cooperation with Cuba, and Serbia is one of the countries we strive to work with, she noted.

Last summer, a specific program of activities in this are was agreed upon. Also arranged were the measures for the establishing of business and research connections in the sectors of health protection and pharmaceutical industry, particularly in the domain of cancer prevention and treatment. Highlighted as other areas of cooperation that have good perspective are the agriculture, food industry, tourism and renewable energy sources

National Day: January 1st – Liberation Day (1959)

General Information about Cuba

Its Geography

Cuba is a long, narrow island. To go from the Cape of San Antonio, in the West, to the Tip of Maisí, in the East, one should travel 1,200 km. The island has 191 km in its widest part and only 31 km in its narrowest portion. Nature whimsically created it along an East-West line, which prevents the existence of long and wide rivers; it’s major rivers are Cauto, Toa, Sagua la Grande, Zaza and Caonao.

Some ranges of relatively high mountains run across the island in different areas. Among them outstand the Guaniguanico range (West), the Guamuhaya range (center), and the Sagua-Baracoa and the Sierra Maestra ranges (East) including the Pico Real del Turquino, a peak that stands 1,974 m above sea level and is the highest in the country.

The landscape ranges from semi-desertic lands to tropical rainforests. Biodiversity is high and its various ecosystems are well preserved. It has a moderate subtropical climate with a predominance of warm temperatures. There are two main seasons: rainy, from May to October, and dry, from November to April. The main air temperature is 25.5°C and the annual relative humidity is 78%.

The official language is Spanish.

Cuba has one of the most heterogeneous populations in the world, with a perfect symbiosis amon whites, blacks, mulatoes and Chinese. It has more than 11,217,000 inhabitants, 75% of which live in urban areas.
Of the total population, 5,587,970 are male, and 5, 592,129 are female. The population density is 1003 people per km2, the most populated cities being the City of Havana (2,198,000), Santiago de Cuba (1,023,000) and Holguín (1,021,000).

Political-Administrative Division

A new political-administrative division was implemented in Cuba in 1977 dividing the country in 14 provinces, 169 municipalities and the Special Municipality of the Isle of Youth.

Religion

In Cuba, there is a wide freedom of religion expressed in the existence of a vast and diverse religious universe.
The distinctive feature of the religious belief in Cuba is the mixing of multiple creeds and religious manifestations. This mixing, described as a cross-cultural process by the great Cuban ethnologist Don Fernando Ortiz (1881/1969), and generally known as the religious syncretism, was mainly formed based on the juxtaposition of elements of the Catholic religion that was introduced in the country by conquerors and colonizers, and elements of the African religions brought by the slaves who were brutally taken away from the African continent. Elements of spiritism subsequently became part of this mixing.

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