“Our relations have been fruitful and close for about 25 years, we signed the first agreement in 1997. And this memorandum is another important milestone for us,” Cheremin said during a conversation with the Cuban mayor.
“Moscow today is one of the most advanced cities in the world in terms of infrastructure, and we are ready to share our experience with Cuban colleagues in such areas as urban planning, urban planning, space development,” the official said, thanking the Cubans on behalf of the Moscow government delegation for the cordial reception.
One of the points of the signed memorandum is cooperation in the field of secondary and higher education. “We have agreed with the rector of the University of Havana Miriam Garcia that we will provide material support for strengthening the material base of the Russian Language Department named after A.S. Pushkin. In addition, a member of our delegation, Fyodor Yurchikhin (President of the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center at VDNKh – note “RG”) took the initiative to create a research student center on the basis of the University of Havana for the design of a student satellite,” Cheremin said.
“We talked about the possibility of cooperation in the field of healthcare. We have a practice of training doctors of paramedical personnel abroad. We would be interested in sending our doctors to your medical institutions, and we would also be ready to host your doctors. Today, medicine in Moscow is at a very high level,” a Moscow official addressed the governor of Havana.
Cheremin also said that the Moscow authorities offered the Cubans to create next to the Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Havana “a cultural center of the House of Moscow, where we could provide an opportunity to teach the Russian language.”
In addition, during negotiations with the authorities of the Cuban capital, the possibilities of cooperation in the field of digital technologies were explored. “A number of our solutions were very interesting to your colleagues. For example, the system of interaction between the executive branch and local residents,” Cheremin told Garcia Zapata. “We invited your specialists to Moscow to show them the traffic management system and consider the possibility of implementing such a pilot project in one of the districts of Havana.
The signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the capitals was the final point of the Days of Moscow taking place in Havana. During the week, cultural and scientific events were held in the main city of Cuba. The Havana cinema “Chaplin” showed the film “World Champion” about a chess match in 1978 between the world champion Anatoly Karpov and the contender for this title – grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi. Young viewers could see the cartoons “The Snow Queen” and “Fixies”.
Pilot-cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin gave lectures at the University of Havana, as well as the head of the Moscow delegation, Sergei Cheremin, and a photo exhibition “Modern Moscow” opened in the historic center of the Cuban capital. Musical programs were performed by the Cossack ensemble “Lyubo-Milo”, as well as the Russian trumpeter Vadim Eilenkrig.