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    CUBAN ROUNDTABLE: The logic of the social, economic and political changes in Cuba in the last 10 years

    Venue: The University of Johannesburg, APK Campus Library, Auditorium, Level 3, Auckland Park

     July 24 2014

    The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA) would like to invite you to mark the anniversary of Cuba’s National Day by attending a roundtable where the Ambassador of Cuba, His Excellency Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, will lead a discussion on social, economic and political changes in his country over the past ten years.  

    His Excellency Carlos Fernández de Cossío has represented Cuba in South Africa as Ambassador since 2013. Ambassador de Cossío is no stranger to Africa, however: In the late 1980s he served as a soldier in Angola and twenty years ago he was a member of the United Nations Observer Mission during South Africa’s first democratic elections. Ambassador de Cossio has had extensive experience in the field of international relations. In Cuba in the 1980s and 90s he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a specialist on international organisations before serving at the United Nations as a delegate, in the permanent mission of Cuba. He was subsequently the Director of the North America division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Havana following which, he served as Ambassador to Canada. Returning to Cuba in 2004, Ambassador de Cossío continued in the foreign affairs ministry in a variety of roles as well as serving as an official on the central committee of the Communist Party. Prior to coming to South Africa, he served as the Deputy Director in the Multilateral Affairs division of the ministry. In this capacity he represented his country in a series of official migratory discussions with the US government, and led Cuba´s participation as guarantor in the Colombia peace process. Ambassador de Cossío has an MB in international relations (Raúl Roa García,Havana) and a PhD in political sciences (Havana)​

    Event details:
    Date: 24th July 2014
    Venue: 
    University of Johannesburg, APK Campus Library, Auditorium, Level 3, Auckland Park
    Time: 09h00
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    To RSVP email Hope Prince: hopep@mistra.org.za

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