Cuba said that the country had attracted $1.7 billion worth of foreign investment over the past year despite a tighter US trade embargo and worsening cash crunch, although it did not reach its goal of $2 billion to $2.5 billion annually.
In Cuba after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the end of its generous subsidies, fuel was so scarce that many people stopped driving and the government imported thousands of Chinese bicycles.
The doctors, who had opted to stay in Brazil after the Cuban government pulled the plug on the program that sent them, received new medical licenses from the Brazilian health ministry under a program to round up reinforcements for the overstretched health system.
Thousands of young Cubans packed a Havana arena to witness a small step forward in the tumultuous relationship between one of the world’s last communist states and its small but vibrant private sector.
A lack of fuel, in large part due to the US blockade, is forcing Cubans to return to horse and ox power for farming, transport and everyday travel.
The aid will assist approximately 8,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus.
Access to a rooftop and a breeze is a coveted luxury in the Cuban capital, areas of which have been in lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic for several weeks.
Luminous yellow and blue fish dart through the fragments of coral hanging from rows of pipes anchored to the seabed in Guanahacabibes, in western Cuba, while scientists in diving gear annotate their observations.
The UAE recently dispatched an aid plane carrying eight metric tonnes of medical supplies to support Cuba in curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to Sheikh Mohamed and to the government of the UAE, for the support provided for the Organisation that is represented in 500,000 COVID-19 testing kits worth $10m.