India-Cuba Current Affairs - 2019
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India has signed two Memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with Cuba to enhance cooperation in biotechnology and traditional medicine. The MoUs were signed after delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel in Havana, Cuba.
President Ram Nath Kovind visited Cuba as last leg of his three-nation visit to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. During the delegation level talks both countries agreed to enhance cooperation in biotechnology, renewable energy and traditional medicine. Cuba reaffirmed its support to India’s candidature for permanent seat in United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
MoU on Traditional Systems of Medicine: It aims to increase cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy between both countries.
MoU on Bio Technology: It aims to deepen collaboration on biotechnology between both countries. It was signed between BioCubaFarma, Cuba’s state company for pharmaceutical and biotechnology products, and India’s Kalam Institute of Health Technology.
India and Cuba have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector. The MoU is important for exchanges in the health sector and to develop institutional framework for cooperation in the health sector between the two countries. The objective of MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between two countries in the field of health.
The main areas of cooperation under MoU include
It aims at exchange and training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals and experts. It also aims at providing assistance in development of human resources, health services and setting up of health care facilities
It also aims at regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and exchange of information. It seeks promotion of business development opportunities in pharmaceuticals and others identified by parties. It also seeks cooperation in procurement of generic and essential drugs and assistance in sourcing of drug supplies.
It calls for collaboration in prevention of Non Communicable Diseases of mutual interest, such as neurocardiovascular diseases, cancer, mental health and dementia, COPDs with emphasis on SDG3 and related factors. It also seeks for collaboration in field of climate change impact on communicable diseases and vector borne diseases.
It also seeks collaboration in safety of production, transformation, distribution and food delivery. Information and communication to citizens on hygiene and food safety and healthy eating habits; and