International Collaboration

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The collaboration is an activity governed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX) and in the AZCUBA GROUP by the Directorate of International Relations and Institutional Communication (DRICI), is aimed at the development of collaborative projects aimed at supporting of national projects.
International Relations and Institutional Communication of AZCUBA, acts according to the standards for the Economic Collaboration that Cuba receives and that are related to the sector and its Processes, based on the following modalities:

a) Donations, which are executed through Collaborative Projects or Specific Donations,
b) Soft Credits, understanding as such those financial resources to be paid in amortization terms, interest rates and grace periods in more favorable conditions than the commercial ones existing in the international market, which materialize, generally, through Projects of Collaboration or Listings of Supplies.
We watch because the modalities are subject to the Principles of Economic Cooperation that Cuba receives.
a) Not accept economic, political or social conditions that entail interference in internal affairs or against the principles of the Revolution.
b) Directed, fundamentally, to the priorities established by the Government and in no case favor sectors of the population for ethnic, religious or denational reasons.
c) Not allow the creation of systems of social services or distribution of the resources received through the Economic Collaboration, parallel to those established by the Cuban State.

The topic of the international economic collaboration that Cuba receives and some of the projects financed from it occupied the first hours of work of the International Relations Commission of the 8th ANPP Legislature, which was held in the Palacio de las Convenciones de Cuba. the Cuban capital in March 2018.
This attention of the Government propitiates that in the sugar sector the conditions and regulations that allow safe work in collaboration are created. Since 2005 we have developed several projects, many of them with NGOs from several countries, Governments, Provincial Councils, International Organizations, etc., reaching more than 160 projects that have generated an economic, social and scientific impact, sustainable over time , and that have also contributed to the development of the territories, entities and population, beneficiaries thereof.
The General Objective of our collaboration: To develop and facilitate a Research, Technical Assistance and Training program based on existing productions, generating reference experiences and initiatives to support the Development Program of the sugar sector and Food Sovereignty policies.

We outline our collaboration in the following key areas:
• Sugarcane Agriculture (with the incorporation of technologies that increase yields, with priority in those that improve soil conservation and reduce chemical and energy inputs, the tendency to organic cultivation of cane and irrigation)
• Non-cane agricultural production (with emphasis on the strengthening of production bases, through irrigation systems, semi-protected crops and facilities for industrial processing of food, reforestation, breeding of larger and smaller livestock, management and rational use of water )
• Diversification of productions (projects aimed at achieving greater use of cane and by-products)
• Energy (reduction of consumption rates and use of waste)
• The protection of the environment (projects that reduce the impact of agro-industrial processes such as the use of fertigation and the proper use of wastewater)
• Recognition of the role played by women
• The improvement of science and technology systems and education and training.
• The maintenance of the Historical Sugar Heritage.