The country’s tourism, health and education sectors are poised for significant growth after the Cuban government pledged support in new areas of cooperation.

Following the launch of Zimbabwe-Cuba Parliamentary Forum and a visit by a Zimbabwean parliamentary delegation to Cuba last year, Cuban Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Carmelina Rodriguez paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda in Harare today. Ambassador Rodriguez said it was prudent that her office met with the Speaker of the National Assembly to discuss new areas of cooperation and engage on how the existing relationship can be further enhanced under the new dispensation.

“We are looking forward to strengthen the two countries’ relations in areas of tourism and sports and there is a possibility of cooperation on biotechnology with high learning institutions,” she said.

“Cuba strongly condemns the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and we always have support of Zimbabwe in the fight against US sanctions,” added Ambassador Rodriguez.

Cuba and Zimbabwe have got long standing relations which date back to the liberation struggle and at independence in 1980, Cuba willingly assisted Zimbabwe in areas of health and education.

This saw thousands of students from Zimbabwe going to train in Cuba as science teachers and doctors and many Cuban doctors have been offering health services in the country.