Energy and applied research in the construction sector were two amongst other topics analyzed by delegates from ten countries at an International Convention on Engineering, recently held at the Varadero beach resort in western Cuba.
“Trends and challenges in contemporary engineering,” was the event motto for specialists from Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Cuba who discussed some 200 works on energy and women’s empowerment.
The main venue for the event was Varadero’s Plaza América, some 140 kilometers east of Havana.
Mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering and their contributions to the latest technologies were other topics debated at the convention.
The convention also included debates on civil engineering, experiences and challenges, six conferences, a roundtable talk about hydraulic engineering and comprehensive water management and the environment, and two forums: one on sustainability in engineering works and the other on the professional performance of young engineers.
Of particular interest was the “Foreign Investment in Cuba, Challenges and Realities” lecture by Isaylín Cabañas, the Foreign Trade and Investment Ministry’s deputy director for foreign capital funded business.
According to Cabañas, the sectors prioritized by the Cuban authorities are agro-food, sugarcane, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, tourism, infrastructure, transport, energy, mining, wholesale supply, industry and the export of health services.
The official praised the present panorama in light of the resumption of Cuba-USA relations and the process towards their normalization, but expressed regret that the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba remains in place.
The specialist explained that the process of updating the Cuban economic model aims at strengthening economic relations with other countries and a diversification of markets.
Cabañas said that the development of human capital is one of Cuba’s most attractive assests, which is the result of more than 50 years of investment by the Cuban government in education and the sciences.
The president of the World Confederation of Civil Engineers, Alfonso González Fernández, reiterated the need for a rational use of natural resources during the event.
González Fernández told The Havana Reporter that sustainability “a complex word that has never before received so much attention, means awareness about what we are doing to the planet.”
In calling for ecologically based management of the environment and what nature provides, she said that there was a need to comprehensively examineconcerns about the rational use of natural resources and how best to recover all that can be recovered.”Share on FB Share on TT