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    Cuba prioritizes energy development with renewable sources

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    Prioriza Cuba desarrollo energético con fuentes renovables

    Building a prosperous and sustainable socialism is not possible without considering energy development, Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, deputy prime minister of Cuba, said this Wednesday.

    This is a highly topical issue and must be mentioned at a time when the world is facing the crisis due to climate change, Valdés Menéndez said at the opening of the II Renewable Energy Fair, which will be held until this Friday at the capital's fairgrounds. Pabexpo, which is attended by guests from more than 30 countries.

    He affirmed that in the case of Cuba it is necessary to guarantee the population's access to clean energy, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals, which prioritizes the direction of the country.

    Valdés Menéndez commented that the participation of renewable sources in the Cuban energy panorama continues to be low, for which he insisted on promoting and increasing their use.

    He assured that intense work is being done to ensure that the nation's energy matrix moves completely towards generation through these alternative routes, which guarantee sovereignty in that sense.

    The change must be done in a safe and environmentally friendly way, he stressed, and highlighted some advances in the largest of the Antilles, such as the use of electric vehicles and low-consumption induction cookware.

    He pointed out that these advances are significant in terms of energy generation, because they involve the non-emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the substitution of fossil fuels.

    The Cuban deputy prime minister also referred to the role of economic actors in this purpose, who together with the national industry must contribute to solving problems of the territory, produce and export services to the region.

    In this sense, he highlighted the importance of the Fair for foreign investment in the energy sector, despite the restrictions imposed by the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

    The blockade cannot prevent the will of the Cuban and international governments to form alliances and strengthen capacities, he said.

    The II Renewable Energy Fair, from June 22 to 24, welcomes guests from more than 30 countries, universities and national and foreign companies dedicated to the rational and efficient use of renewable energy sources.