Caribbean News in Brief – April 26-12

By Admin Saturday April 28 2012 in Caribbean
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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago: Minister of Trade and Industry, Stephen Cadiz, has been elected as one of the vice presidents of The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) XIII at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).



With the theme ‘Development-Centred Globalization: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Development,’ UNCTAD XIII is being held amidst the backdrop of the global economic and financial crisis and will consider policy options for developing countries to weather these conditions.



As one of the Conference’s Vice Presidents, Cadiz will assist in guiding the event’s deliberations, which are expected to result in an action plan for the global community.



It is the second time within six months that the profile of Trinidad & Tobago has been raised with the election of the Minister. In December 2011, Cadiz was also elected as Vice-Chair of the 8th World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Ministerial Conference.



These appointments translate directly into an increased relevance for the nation in the global marketplace thereby creating opportunities for growth and foreign investment; while his leadership ensures that Trinidad &Tobago’s trade and development agenda is brought to the forefront of international policy.





HAVANA, Cuba: More than 50,000 Venezuelans have received medical treatment in Cuba for various ailments through the Comprehensive Health Agreement which exist between the two countries.



According to reports, there have been 409 flights to Cuba carrying patients from Venezuela to receive free medical treatment.



The reports further stated that 28,060 of the nearly 51,000 citizens treated were direct patients, while 22,851 of those accompanying them were also treated for various ailments.


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