PARMAforEXPO: an institutional delegation from Cuba lands in Parma


The meeting, organized in joint cooperation with UNIDO,  United Nations Industrial Development Organization, represents an opportunity to gain a real understanding  of the business opportunities in the Caribbean island for the ‘Parma System’ following the normalization of international relations.

Parma, July 29th 2015 – After Senegal, Cuba: today the PARMAforEXPO working group welcomed an institutional delegation from the Caribbean Island. The representatives of the delegation included Orlando Hernández Guillén, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba; Silvia Alvarez Rossell, Permanent Representative to the International Organizations FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization, IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development and WFP – World Food Programme; Toirac Alexis Pereira, General Manager of the Coffee and Cocoa Company of Baracoa, and Maria Cristina Jorge Cabrera, Director of the Research Institute for the Food Industry and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Chocolate, Pastry and Confectionery School. The visit of the Cuban delegation to Parma has been organized in collaboration with UNIDO, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

With 11.3 million inhabitants and a GDP of 77.5 billion dollars (World Bank data), between 2011 and 2014 Cuba has been growing at an annual rate of about 2% (a lower rate compared to the average rate recorded in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean). Following Cuba’s recent opening to international markets, future prospects are definitely positive: the Cuban market will provide Italy and the Parma production system real cooperation and business opportunities namely in the industries of infrastructure, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and food machineries.

The real drive for the acceleration of Cuba’s path towards integration into the global economy while making it a destination for future investments is the Ley de Inversion Extranjera: this legislation, approved just over a year ago, provides for a series of tax incentives for foreign companies wishing to have a direct presence in the country. The Cuban government is now considering more than 200 investment projects as priorities.

The members of the Cuban institutional delegation were received this morning at the Chamber of Commerce of Parma by the PARMAforEXPO working table stakeholders representatives: Andrea Zanlari, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Parma; Cesare Azzali, Director of UPI – Parma Association of Entrepreneurs- and CEO of PARMAforEXPO; Marco Vagnozzi, President of the Parma City Council; prof. Davide Menozzi, Department of Food Science of the University of Parma. The meeting with the PARMAforEXPO working group was then followed by B2B networking activities.

The Cuban delegation also visited two excellences of our territory: ALMA – The International School of Italian Cuisine, which is directed by the Italian Master Chef Gualtiero Marchesi and – boasting an active partnership with 20 other International Schools- is considered the most authoritative training centre in the world for Italian cuisine; and SSICA – the Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry, which promotes scientific and technical progress for the Italian canning industry specializing in the fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish sectors through applied research, consultancy, training and dissemination activities.

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