Cuba – Meeting between Franck Riester and Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Deputy Prime Minister (8 June 2021)


Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, met today with Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Deputy Prime Minister of Cuba, who is leading the Cuban delegation due to meet with the Group of Creditors of Cuba in Paris on June 9.

This meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the implementation of the commitments made by our two countries in December 2020 at the 5th meeting of the Bilateral Joint Committee and the Strategic Steering Committee of the French-Cuban Counterpart Fund, implemented within the framework of the French-Cuban agreement relating to the treatment of Cuban debt and aimed at financing projects of common interest between France and Cuba, notably in the areas of infrastructure, tourism and health.

The minister delegate confirmed France’s commitment to implementing the priorities for French-Cuban cooperation and our determination to facilitate the development of economic cooperation projects with Cuba, despite the difficult context linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The minister delegate and Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz also discussed other aspects of bilateral cooperation in the scientific and technical fields as well as with respect to the issue of human rights in Cuba.