Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Cuba will, on Friday 26th May mark the 25th Anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between both countries, which was formally established on 26th May, 1992.
There has been tremendous co-operation between both countries, in particular in the areas of health, the Vision Now Programme; education, through university scholarships and other academic programmes; and more recently, the contribution towards this country’s largest capital project, the Argyle International Airport.
A series of activities will be held in Kingstown and Havana to mark the occasion. The activities will commence with a cocktail reception at the Cuban Embassy on Thursday 25th May at 4:30 p.m.
On Friday, 36th May, the actual Anniversary of the establishment of relations, a ceremony and cultural showcase will be held at the Peace Memorial Hall from 5:00 p.m. The event is expected to hear remarks from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural Transformation, Hon. Saboto Caesar, the Cuban Ambassador and the President of the Cuban- Vincentian Friendship Association. As part of the cultural segment, acts will be performed by both Vincentian artistes and the Cuban band, Calle Cuba.
The final activity to be held in Kingstown will be a public lecture to be delivered by Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister, on Tuesday 30th May, at Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College Lecture Hall, commencing at 10:00 a.m.
This country’s resident Ambassador to Cuba, His Excellency, Ellsworth John, will host a cultural celebration in Havana on Tuesday 30th May, which will include the participation of Hon. Sir Louis Straker, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Lady Straker; as well as Rodney Small, Darren Andrews, Rondy McIntosh, Kamaro Williams and Brent Williams.