70 more Cuban doctors arrive

70 more Cuban doctors arrive
Herald Reporter

SEVENTY more Cuban doctors arrived in Zimbabwe yesterday and will soon
be deployed to health centres around the country, Cuba’s ambassador to
Zimbabwe, Mr Cosme Torres Espinosa has said.

This brings to 110 the total number of Cuban doctors who are in the country.

Ambassador Espinosa yesterday paid a courtesy call on Vice President
Joice Mujuru at her Munhumutapa offices.

“We are just coming from the airport where we were receiving another
group of doctors to Zimbabwe.

“Right now we now have a full brigade of Cuban doctors in Zimbabwe,” Mr
Espinosa told VP Mujuru.

Cuba, he sad, wanted to widen areas of co- operation and he was inviting
senior Government officials to visit Cuba for exchange program- mes.

“We are also looking at areas to increase co-operation when we have our
Joint Commission meeting.

“We in fact have opportunities in areas of tourism, science and
technology, and informa- tion communication technology so we are
inviting the Ministers to Cuba,” said Ambassador Espinosa.

Cuba had granted five scholarships.

“We have a high powered ICT system and we have met Minister Nelson
Chamisa and discussed areas we can co-operate.”

In response, the Vice President hailed Havana for its resilience in the
wake of an embargo imposed by the United States nearly 50 years ago.

“It’s quite pleasing that you have been resilient. We also have
something to learn because we are equally under sanctions, we need to
learn how you have survived for all these years,” she said.

Later on, VP Mujuru met the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe,
Mr Jae-hack Oh, who said businesspersons from that country would be
coming to Zimbabwe to identify areas where they could invest.

“We have discussed mainly on bilateral relations like trade co-operation.

“I told the Vice President that there were businessmen and companies
from Korea who want to invest in manufacturing, construction,
agriculture, tourism and ICT,” said Mr OH while briefing journalists
soon after meeting VP Mujuru.

“We already have a bio-diesel plant at Mt Hampden here in Zimbabwe and
it’s a typical example of bilateral relations we have and the
businessmen will be coming next week,” he said.

A high-level Korean delegation was recently in the country and, among
other areas, said it would pour investment into the rehabilitation of
the Morton Jaffray Water Plant on the outskirts of Harare.

The Herald (12 June 2009)

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