Daily Briefing – April 30, 2018

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ECLAC To Hold 37th Session in Havana: The United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is holding its biennial meeting in Cuba next week, from May 7 to 11. The official opening ceremony on May 8 will be headed by the executive director of ECLAC, Alicia Barcena, and Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray. ECLAC is a UN regional commission to encourage economic cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The next presidency of ECLAC is slated to go to a representative of the Cuban government. (Prensa Latina)

Cuba’s Key Government Posts Going to Younger, More Diverse, Leaders: A group of younger, more diverse politicians have risen to high-level positions on Cuba’s Council of State, joining new President Miguel Díaz-Canel in a generational shift of power, reports the Miami Herald. With several senior members of the council stepping down, 42 percent of the 31 leaders selected for the Council of State are new. Women now hold nearly half the seats. (Miami Herald)

Indianapolis Church to Send Food to Cuba: Volunteers for a church in Greenwood, Indiana are packing food for 400,000 meals to be shipped to Cuba, according to the local newspaper The Daily Journal. The Mount Pleasant Christian Church sent meals to Cuba last year, according to church officials. Volunteers will be sending packages of rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutrient mix. (Associated Press)

Cuba’s Tourism Fair Begins This Week: FITCuba 2018, Cuba’s International Tourism Fair, is scheduled to begin tomorrow. The event is expected to attract up to 3,000 participants and 140 journalists. It will be held in the exclusive Cayo Santa Maria resort island on the coast of Villa Clara province. The fair is Cuba’s showcase of tourism products for international tour operators. (Escambray)

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