EEC discussed EAEU countries-Cuba cooperation in information technology

Alexander Alexanyan, Director of the Information Technology Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission, held a meeting with the Cuban business group for informatization and communications headed by Ariadna Plasencia Castro to discuss interaction in information technology and telecommunications, joint activities, and prospects for cooperation. 

Alexander Alexanyan spoke about the large-scale work of the Commission to establish an integrated information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (IIS), developing a cross-border space of trust in the interstate exchange of data and electronic documents between authorized bodies of the Union, and the recognition of each other’s electronic digital signatures by the EAEU countries.

The head of the Industry Department named the EAEU-Vietnam interaction as a successful example of cooperation in digitalization between EAEU States and third countries. “We cannot but note the successful experience of implementing EAEU-Vietnam information interaction in the exchange of information using IIS,” Alexander Alexanyan noted. “This experience can be applied in the electronic exchange of information with Cuba; this cooperation has great potential.” 

The Cuban party informed about the digital transformation of the country’s economy, the development of telecommunications infrastructure, information technology and work to improve the quality of network connections. The business group representatives expressed interest in promoting their information technologies in the EAEU States.

Alexander Alexanyan invited his Cuban colleagues to take part in the International Forum on Information and Communication Technologies “TIBO-2024” to be held in Minsk, to exchange experience in ICT and best digital development practices.

The parties agreed to continue active interaction, work out the visit of the EEC delegation and business circles of the EAEU countries to Cuba to review the activities of national science and technology parks on the sidelines of the annual Havana International Fair FIHAV.

The Republic of Cuba is an observer state at the EAEU. The cooperation between the EAEU and Cuba is based on a solid foundation for developing a mutually beneficial dialogue; in particular, the Memorandum of Understanding between the Commission and the Cuban Government, as well as the Joint Action Plan were signed.

The volume of manufacturing exports from the EAEU to Cuba increased by 3% in 2023 compared to 2022, while imports of Cuban goods to the EAEU doubled last year.