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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA3804
2007-12-03 02:57
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
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INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS PRIORITY
RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 0013
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 003804

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/MTS AND WHA/CCA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/03/2017
TAGS: ETRD ETTC PREL RP CU
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES-CUBA ECONOMIC TIES ARE MINIMAL

REF: STATE 158768

Classified By: Economic Counselor Larry Memmott, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d
).

¶1. (C) Below are Post’s responses to Department’s questions
about Philippine economic policies and actions with respect
to Cuba. The following paragraph numbers are keyed to the
points in paragraph 5 of reftel:

¶A. (C) Post is not aware of any investments in Cuba by
Philippine businesses.

¶B. (C) The Philippines and Cuba do not have any bilateral
trade agreements. In September 2001, the Philippine Chamber
of Commerce and Industry signed an agreement with its Cuban
counterpart, but no activities have been undertaken under
this agreement.

¶C. (C) There are no formal academic exchange programs or
scholarships between the Philippines and Cuba. The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs reported that four Filipino medical
students have filed consular registrations with the
Philippine embassy in Havana. There is no Cuban-paid medical
travel, nor are there Cuban doctors working here. The
Government of Cuba reportedly approached the Philippine
government within the past five years offering a medical
exchange program, but the Philippines did not reply formally.

¶D. (C) The Philippine government has not issued any public
statements on human rights issues in Cuba, and did not
comment publicly on the transfer of power from Fidel Castro
to Raul Castro.

¶E. (C) The most recent high-level diplomatic visit between
the Philippines and Cuba was President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo’s attendance at the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
in Havana in September 2006. The previous high-level visit
was that of the Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister to Manila in
September 2001.
KENNEY

   

 

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