The US blockade adversely affects Cuba´s foreign trade, in Spanish and English version

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Permanent Mission to the United Nations

315 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10016

Dear Colleague:

A have the pleasure to send you a press release, entitled: The US blockade adversely affects Cuba´s foreign trade, in Spanish and English version.

Thanks for your attention,

Warm Regards,

Press Office

Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations.

Press Release:

The US blockade adversely affects Cuba´s foreign trade.

New York, October 24, 2017. The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba had a significant impact on Cuba´s foreign trade between April 2016 and April 2017, causing an estimate of 3,524,993,996.32 dollars in damage.

As in previous years, the most affected indicator was income from exports of goods and services, which accounted for 83.6% of total damages. During that period, there was also an increase of 42% in the cost of financing received due to country risk. Numerous examples show how this policy has a negative impact on the development of the Cuban economy.

The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) has developed product Heberprot-P, a unique medicine worldwide in the therapy of severe diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). This drug has benefited more than 230,000 patients worldwide and has obtained 21 health records and more than 30 patents have been granted.

Statistics show that the prevalence of diabetes in the United States is 9.3%, which is equivalent to about 29.2 million people. According to US sources, 3.5% of them develop DFUs, which represents more than one million people each year. Of these, 204 296 could develop complex DFUs. If Heberprot-P were exported to benefit only 5% of US citizens who develop a complex DFU per year, this would help to significantly reduce the over 70,000 amputations carried out annually in the United States in diabetic patients. The biotechnology industry in Cuba could also receive revenues of about 122 million dollars a year.

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New Cuban pharmaceuticals treat skin cancer

New Cuban pharmaceuticals presented
The prevalence of skin cancer in Cuba and the development of therapeutic injectibles to treat allergies caused by dust mites, were among issues discussed during several international conferences on dermatology and allergies, taking place in Havana’s International Conference Center, October 4-7

Author: Nuria Barbosa León | internet@granma.cu
october 6, 2017 14:10:40

Dr. Olaine Gray Lovio, recommends avoiding the sun during the hours of greatest intensity, between 10:00am and 5:00pm; wearing clothes of pastel colors that almost entirely cover the skin; using hats and parasols to protect the face; and applying sunscreen.

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The prevalence of skin cancer in Cuba and the development of therapeutic injectibles to treat allergies caused by dust mites, were among issues discussed during several international conferences on dermatology and allergies, taking place in Havana’s International Conference Center, October 4-7.

Dr. Olaine Gray Lovio explained to the press, prior to the events, that malignant growths on the skin are among the most prevalent cancers on the island, given the tropical climate and strong solar radiation during a large part of the day.

Every year in Cuba, approximately 8,000 cases of this disease, described as basal or squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, are diagnosed, causing some 400 deaths. Emphasis is therefore being placed on reducing direct exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, especially in the first 20 years of life.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba in response, to US Embassy hostility.

Cuba has never perpetrated, nor will it ever perpetrate attacks of any sort against diplomatic officials or their relatives, without any exception
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba in response to recent measures taken by the Trump administration following incidents involving U.S. diplomatic personnel in Havana

Author: Cubaminrex | internet@granma.cu
october 3, 2017 16:10:00
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba in response to recent measures taken by the Trump administration following incidents involving U.S. diplomatic personnel in Havana:

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On September 29, 2017, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the decision to significantly downscale the diplomatic staff of the US embassy in Havana and withdraw all their relatives, claiming that there had been “attacks” perpetrated against US Government officials in Cuba which have harmed their health.
Once again, on October 3, the US Government, in an unwarranted act, decided that 15 officials of the Cuban Embassy in Washington should depart from the United States, claiming that the US had reduced their diplomatic staffing levels in Havana and that the Cuban Government had failed to take all appropriate steps to prevent “attacks” against them.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protests and condemns this unfounded and unacceptable decision as well as the pretext used to justify it, for it has been asserted that the Cuban Government did not take the appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of the alleged incidents.
In the meeting that, at the proposal of the Cuban side, was held with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, warned him against the adoption of hasty decisions that were not supported by evidence; urged him not to politicize a matter of this nature and once again required the effective cooperation from the US authorities to clarify facts and conclude the investigation.

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The Havana Malecón preparing to reopen

The Havana Malecón preparing to reopen
After two weeks of intense work to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irma to Havana’s waterfront Malecon, parts of the avenue and its surrounding areas are set to reopen October 1

Author: Cubadebate | internet@granma.cu
september 27, 2017 12:09:20

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Road workers repairing damage caused by Hurricane Irma to the capital’s seawall. September 26, 2017.

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After two weeks of intense work to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irma to Havana’s Malecon, parts of the avenue and its surrounding areas are set to reopen October 1.
The avenue is closed due to repair works currently underway, stated Raúl Díaz Guadarrama, director general of the National Roads Administration Center, speaking to ACN.
He noted that 14 points of damage, mainly to pavements, were identified along the eight kilometer seawall, which is one of the capital’s most famous reference points.
Repairs are being carried out by brigades from the Ministry of Construction, Raúl Roa Contingent, Havana Waters enterprise, Provincial Roads Administration Center and Engineering Works Constructor number five, among other entities, noted Díaz Guadarrama.
Meanwhile, Carlos Díaz Hidalgo, the Ministry of Transport’s provincial director of road infrastructure, noted that over 1,000 cubic meters of concrete has been used in works to repair damage caused by the hurricane.

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