Guyana/Cuba bilateral relations on the move

FlyJamaica/Air Guyana Representative resident in Havana Lindbergh Smith (left) and Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba Halim Majeed (right) receiving the approval from a Manager of the Cuban Civil Aviation Authority on Monday, July 24, 2017

Following on the heels of the conclusion of a major rice export contract with Cuba (see report in this issue of Stabroek Business) this newspaper has learnt of several other bilateral business agreements between Guyana and Cuba are currently in various stages of completion.

Earlier this week, Stabroek Business learnt that Havana’s Instituto de Aeronautica Civil de Cuba had given formal approval for FlyJamaica/Air Guyana Airline to operate a non-scheduled passenger commercial and transport service between Guyana and Cuba.

FlyJamaica/Air Guyana Representative resident in Havana Lindbergh Smith (left) and Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba Halim Majeed (right) receiving the approval from a Manager of the Cuban Civil Aviation Authority on Monday, July 24, 2017

The document outlining the details of the approval was handed over to the airline’s representative Lindbergh Smith on Monday, July 24 in Havana in the presence of Guyana’s high Commissioner to Cuba Halim Majeed.

The conclusion of the agreement paves the way for a history-making first ever direct flight between Guyana and Cuba. The airline is owned by Guyanese pilot and aviation sector investor Captain Ronald Reece. An official launching ceremony will be held in Havana shortly.

In a brief comment following the conclusion of the agreement Ambassador Majeed said that the conclusion of the agreement “accords with the continued aggressive promotion of our economic diplomacy effort.”

This newspaper understands that FlyJamaica/Air Guyana will be providing flights between Cuba and Guyana five times weekly. In Cuba, it will operate two flights from Havana, one from the Varadero Resort, one from Santiago de Cuba and one from Camaguey. Cuba has 11 international airports.

Stabroek Business will also be following up on visits to Cuba of representatives from local business entities that included Bulkan Timber Works, Gafson’s Industries, Modern Industries, W&T George and Company.

In June, Majeed received a Revised Draft Memorandum of Understanding preceding the conclusion of a Trade Agreement between the Guyana and Cuba while work is currently being done on a new agreement in the health sector between the two countries the replace an agreement that expired in 2015.

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