From as early as next month, Cubans could be sipping on the beer of Barbados – Banks.
The revelation was made by Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss during Tuesday’s courtesy visit by Cuba’s Ambassador to Barbados Francisco Fernandez Pena to Inniss’ Reef Road office.
Inniss said Banks Breweries Limited was among regional companies seeking to tap into opportunities emerging out of the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States on March 21 this year.
Following Barack Obama’s historic visit, which was the first by a US President to Cuba since 1928, the local brewery was said to be putting arrangements in place for the export of approximately one million cases of beer to Havana, hopefully by May.
As part of moves to forge deeper economic relations with Havana, a delegation comprising Government and private sector officials is also scheduled take part in a trade mission to Cuba next month.
Inniss said both Government and the private sector were eager to do business with their Spanish-speaking neighbour.
The former Minister of Health pointed out that over the years, Cuba has been committed to providing extensive technical assistance to Barbados, especially in the area of health care.
During the meeting, the Cuban envoy noted that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in December 1972, Barbados and Cuba have maintained a cordial relationship characterised by cooperation and mutual respect.
The two officials also touched briefly on the upcoming Cuba International Tourism Fair in Havana.