CUBA – The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with his Cuban counterpart Antonio E. Becali Garrido, who is the president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER).
The MOU, signed between the two ministries in Havana,Cuba on Tuesday is aimed to ensure co-operation in the field of sport including exchange of information related to sport and recreation medicine, sport and recreation research and development. The exchange of information on sport technology, doping control, high performance and general sports techniques is also expected to ensure corporation between the two ministries.
The agreement also calls for exchange of experts in the field of sport which is expectes to go a long way in furthering the development of sport and recreation in Zimbabwe.
During the two day visit to Cuba, Hlongwane also had the opportunity to visit Cuba’s Sports Medicine Institute, the National Volleyball School and the Centre for Scientific Research of Cuban Sports.
It is hoped the Republic of Zimbabwe is expected to develop its sport medicine industry, engage in research and development in sport and recreation learning from the Republic of Cuba’s experiences.
A Cuban company has also agreed to invest in the production of a Cuban developed sports energy drink in Zimbabwe for the African market under this agreement.
“The signing of this MOU is expected to further cement government’s commitment to organising the sport and recreation sector for employment creation and industrial development,” said Hlongwane.
Becali Garrido described the signing of this agreement as historic.
The signing ceremony was attended by INDER’s board of directors, Cuban Sporting legends most of whom are multiple gold medallists the olympics and the ambassador of the Republic of Zimbabwe to the Republic of Cuba ,His Excellency Ignatius Mudzimba.
Yudinance Chihuri, Legal Officer at the Ministry of Sport and Recreation also attended the ceremony.