Cuba, China agree to boost biotechnology co-op

Updated: 2011-11-26 15:24


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HAVANA - Cuba and China have agreed to strengthen cooperation on biotechnology, Cuban Science Minister Jose Miyar Barrueco said on Friday.

It is strategic for the two countries to work together in this sector, Barrueco told the 6th Joint Work Meeting for Biotechnological Cooperation.

Barrueco said there are favorable conditions for the two countries to continue and deepen collaboration in this field, and relevant joint projects have made progress.

Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice chairman of China's National Commission for Development and Reform, attended the two-day meeting.

Zhang praised the development of biotechnological cooperation between China and Cuba in the last two years, and suggested the introduction of research achievements to other countries to improve human health.

Biotechnology is now one of the most active fields of cooperation between Cuba and China. The two countries signed an agreement in September on joint development of a preventive vaccine against pertussis or whooping cough.