25. February 2015

MSc Program Engineering Management - Evening Lecture: "Cuba, its reality and challenges"

presented by: His Excellency Juan Carlos Marsán Aguilera,
Ambassador of Cuba in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.
Permanent representative of Cuba to the international organizations in Vienna

In the 20 years history of the MSc program "Engineering Management" it was the first time that we had an evening lecture given by a high ranking diplomat. He gave us a very interesting insight on the history, the actual reality, and the challenges of his country, Cuba.

The Republic of Cuba, is situated on an island in the middle of the Caribbean, has over 11 million inhabitants and a long and very interesting history.
For us the highlights of the presentation. Today Cuba is well integrated in the international community, it has diplomatic relations with 184 countries and 130 foreign diplomatic missions are accredited in Havana.

Currently Cuba is developing the strategic sectors, i.e. tourism, biotechnology, mining, oil, and traditional products. A new law to increase foreign investments has been established and new special economic zones are under development.
Cuba had now strengthened the participatory democracy. The last general elections, in February 2013, with more than 90% of the popular participation for the parliament results in: 48,86 % of women representation and 18,0 % of the representatives are not more than 25 years old in the Cuban parliament.

Cuba and Austria have a strong relationship regarding education – several higher education institutions have bilateral cooperation agreements- and culture, e.g. there is a center for classical music in Cuba and also a Mozarteum in Havana. There are also some economic relations in trade of industrial goods between Cuba and Austria but the economic relationship should be strengthened much more in the future.

For us as future "Engineering Managers" it was very interesting to get a deeper insight in this country and according to last statement of the Ambassador “ Visit Cuba” we will try.


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