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The Blockade Affects Every Research Center in Cuba

CUBA,  October 6th, 2016.- The blockade affects every Cuban research center, directly as a barrier for the academic exchange between institutions from Cuba and the United States, told the Cuban News Agency (ACN) the official of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) Armando Rodríguez Batista.

The director for Science, Technology and Innovation of the CITMA said that this unjust policy is bloodier in the field of technology, because the U.S. power prevents Cuba from the free access to important advances.

In sectors like biotechnology and agriculture, Cuba cannot reach many technologies so this requires additional effort from Cuba. In addition, access to publications and international databases is impaired, Rodríguez Batista said.

Rodríguez Batista, also Master of Science, said that the cooperation with the United States in the field of meteorology is an example of what can be achieved, because the prestige of the Cuban experts in this field is well recognized, and this cooperation is leading efforts for breaking sanctions.

Cuba requires funding to implement an environmental monitoring system, with stations for measuring air pollution. So, the transparent collaboration with U.S. experts in this area, would encourage the scientific work, Armando highlighted.

 According to Rodríguez Batista, the continuity of the criminal blockade for more than half a century hinders the materialization of studies to measure the effects of climate change on coral reefs, mangroves and other scenes, though Cuba has the support of several supportive countries.

 Science plays an important role in the rapprochement with the United States, particularly with the U.S. people who could be benefit from many of the advanced products that Cuba can offer, the CITMA official said.

 Armando Rodríguez Batista has participated as speaker at the 9th Annual Workshop on Science, Technology and Innovation: Citatenas 2016, which is been held in Matanzas since last Tuesday until next October 7, with more than 74 scientific papers presenting.

(Cubavsbloqueo-Tiempo.21)