Taken from:  PLTaken from: PLHAVANA.-Canada’s ambassador to Cuba, Patrick Parisot highlighted on Wednesday at the University of Havana’s Master Conference Hall the potential of academic cooperation as an excellent way of strengthening relations between both countries.

His statement came during the opening of the 17th Edition of the Seminar of Canadian Studies, which is an analysis and discussion forum on issues related with mutual ties underway until Thursday with the participation of some one hundred specialists, researchers and students.

Parisot said the international event this year is centered on climate change, one of the most important problems facing humanity and Canada is committed in facing the issue and that is why it is uniting with countries, like Cuba.

He recalled that the Caribbean, due to its geographic location is one of the most vulnerable areas in the world for disasters provoked by a variation of meteorological patterns.

The Canadian diplomat expressed pride for his country’s support of the academic network that work with different issues from the Cuban territory and praised the outcome of the investigations in recent years.

The Director for Europe and Canada at the Foreign Ministry, Alba Soto said that the event has become an important site for academics and researchers from both countries and considered Canada’s contribution in prioritized projects for Cuba as valuable.

She also referred to other ties between both nations like the establishment of commercial ties and investment in the Caribbean island and highlighted the fact that Canadians are the main vacationers in Cuba.

The President of the Department on Canadian Studies at the University of Havana, Beatriz Diaz emphasized that the results of over two decades of cooperation are considerable and the most important has been the exchange of experiences to generate new knowledge.

The 17th Edition of the Seminar on Canadian Studies looks to deepen issues related with the increase of the sea level, comprehensive management of the coastal zones, soil, food security and cooperative agriculture and urban areas.

In addition to the University of Havana and the Canadian embassy in Cuba, other entities that are sponsoring the event are the Latin American School of social Sciences, Marine Research Center and Environmental Studies Network and the Cooperative Studies that belong to the University of Havana.