Vice president Ricardo Cabrisas says U.S. blockade and climate change hamper Cuba's development efforts
Cuban vice president Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz
Havana, May 28 (RHC)-- Cuban vice president Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz said Washington's nearly six decade-old blockade policy on the Caribbean state constitutes the main obstacle to the country's development.
Cabrisas, who is also Cuba's minister of economy and planning, addressed the 22nd International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, which was chaired by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov.
The Cuban vice president referred also to the harmful effects of climate change on the Caribbean island state, particularly intense drought, frequent hurricanes and torrential rains and floods.
In his presentation before an audience of three thousand guests, including political leaders, high-level officials and business leaders, Cabrisas spoke also about the perspectives of the Cuban economy, with special emphasis on the goals of the Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030.
He praised the effective participation of the Russian government and companies in priority projects that contribute to Cuba's long-term economic and social development.
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