The Miami Herald
October 30, 2001

Guyana to receive 350 scholarships from Cuba

 GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- (AP) -- Cuba will give 350 scholarships to Guyanese students over the next five years, Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo says.

 Jagdeo had just returned from a three-day state trip to Havana. Guyana has had diplomatic ties with Cuba since 1972, but Jagdeo is the first leader from the South
 American country to visit Cuba in 15 years.

 Cuban President Fidel Castro committed to providing 100 scholarships next year and the remaining 250 over the remainder of the five years, Jagdeo said Monday.

 ``Human resources development is key for our country and I am hoping that we can get some students from all the hinterland areas to go on these scholarships so that
 they can come and go back to their communities,'' Jagdeo said.

 Details of the scholarship program will be worked out when the Guyana-Cuba Joint Commission meets in Havana next month, he said.

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