Medical Know-How Boosts Cuba's Wealth
By Tom Fawthrop
Tuesday, 17 January 2006, 00:07 GMT
Cuba - so long dependent on tourism, the export of cigars and nickel for its survival - has quietly built an impressive healthcare sector that could transform its troubled economy.
Cuban medicine exports help raise foreign currency
Health ministry officials say Cuba's $1.8bn (£1bn) and growing tourism industry will soon be overtaken as the number one foreign exchange earner by biotechnology joint ventures, vaccine exports and the provision of health services to other countries.
Successful clinical trials in several countries have already established Cuba as a world leader in cancer research and treatment
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