Trade mission to Cuba pays off with visit by Cuban buyers (07/06/05)

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June 5, 2007

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A delegation representing business interests from Cuba arrived in New Brunswick June 2, and will spend a week in the province visiting fish and seafood processing facilities.


The Department of Fisheries helped to organize the week-long trade mission, which will see the Cuban delegation visit various processing plants from Caraquet, and Tracadie-Sheila, Cap-Pelé, Blacks Harbour and Deer Island.

"At the end of this visit, these buyers will have a greater appreciation of the many seafood products New Brunswick has to offer," Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet said. "As well, they will see first-hand the emphasis our producers place on producing high-quality and safe seafood."

The visit to the province by the Cuban delegation is a follow-up to a New Brunswick-led trade mission to Cuba. Earlier this year, seven New Brunswick companies, accompanied by staff from the Department of Fisheries, traveled to Havana and met with hotel industry representatives to explore the possibility of developing business ties.

"New Brunswick has built a very positive relationship with Cuba, resulting in the export of thousands of tonnes of seed potatoes to that country," Doucet said. "Our goal is to assist our seafood producers build that same kind of partnership."

Doucet will host a reception for the Cuban buyers on Wednesday night, June 6, where he plans to reinforce the province's keen interest in seeing New Brunswick export seafood products to their country.

New Brunswick is the fourth largest exporter of fish and seafood products in Canada with exports valued at close to$800 million in 2006.


MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Harpelle, Communications, Department of Fisheries, 506-457-3549; 506-470-0492.