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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2866

Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in Colombo

By Leel Pathirana

Colombo, 13 June, ( The 4th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Solidarity with Cuba will be held in Colombo on June 14-15 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute with the participation of about 80 delegates representing 18 countries in the Asia – Pacific region, Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana said on Wednesday.

The Sri Lankan national preparatory committee and the Cuban Institute of Friendship will be the organizers of the conference.Cuban flag rise behind the portrait  of CheCuban flag rise behind the portrait of Che

The conference will be based on two themes, they are:

1. 50 years of the Cuban Revolution;

2. chievements & challenges and Importance of the media for the solidarity movement with Cuba.

Based in the first theme, on the 14, the first day on the conference has been chosen to commemorate legendary revelatory Ernesto Che Guevara and his role in the Cuban Revolution (Che arrived to Ceylon on the 07th August 1959)

The four member delegation from Cuba led by Dr. Ismael Clark Arexer, President of the Academy of Sciences in Cuba, called yesterday on the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka at the premiers office.

Premier Mr. Wickramanayaka recounts the memories with the four member delegation that Sri Lankan Political & cultural relations with Cuba goes back to 1959, immediately after Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara. Sri Lanka was one of the few countries in the world recognized the Cuban revolutionary Government then by world first woman premier, Late Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranayake. Also he praised for the assistance rendered by the Cuban Government then for providing scholarships for the Sri Lankan medical students.

The visiting scientist explained to Prime Minister Wickramanayaka about the innovation of new vaccines by their bio-scientists for preventing hepatitis, meningitis and influenza after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

As the development of the bio-technology, Cuba still maintains a very good health sector in the world. Cuba has also almost completely controlled the mosquito menace and other areas such as disaster management.

- Asian Tribune -

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