CUBA HAS expressed happiness about the commitment of Ghana to championing the cause of the country against the economic sanctions imposed upon it by the United States of America.
Mr. Felipe Perez Roque, the Foreign Minister disclosed this to the Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama, at a meeting in Havana.
He praised Ghana for the passionate support it had been lending Cuba in the United Nations and called for more consolidated bilateral relations.
Mr. Roque said Cuba had been listed to take over the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement, during the annual meeting of the organisation this year and acknowledged the contributions of Mr. Castro in the development of Cuba.
The contributions of Cuba, the Foreign Minister said, could be manifested in areas like the tourism sector, where the number of tourists had risen from 200,000 in 1993 to over two million in 2008.
The Vice President announced a scholarship scheme for Cubans who are eager to study in Ghana.
He said the scholarship would expose them to African studies at the Institute of Adult Education, University of Ghana.
He mentioned that Ghana would send a football referee to assist Cubans to advance in the sport.
"Ghana wants to see good things happening between the two countries," he indicated.
He asked the Cuban government to establish a Trade House in Ghana to showcase Made-in-Cuba products.
The Vice President later met with Ghanaian students studying in Cuba.
He assured them of Government's support to make their studies comfortable.
"Life may be rough for you in Cuba but it is part of your training. Work hard and return to serve your country."
Mr. Dan Gyamfi Addo-Gamson, President of the Ghanaian Students Union in Cuba, asked government to allow undergraduate students to return home during their fourth year to undertake attachments, to make their various courses meaningful to Ghanaians.
Mr. Addo-Gamson as well appealed to government to increase the monthly allowance of students to enable them cope with the financial difficulties in Cuba.
From Sheilla Sackey,