Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Cuba and Japan Boost Astronomy Research

Havana, Aug 15 (ACN) Cuba and Japan signed an agreement on Monday to promote studies on the Caribbean island in the fields of astronomy, cosmology and cosmonautics.

The accord, which includes donations by Japan to further cultural projects in Cuba, will be implemented by Japan's Official Development Assistance Program, Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation (MINVEC) and the Havana Historian's Office.

The aid project, operating out of the Historian's Office under the name of Improvement of Planetary Equipment, will include the creation of the Science and Technology Cultural Center.

Japan's Ambassador to Havana Tatsuaki Iwata and MINVEC Minister Marta Lomas penned the accord which foresees the inauguration of the cultural center to promote the study of science by students and the general public.

The Havana historian Eusebio Leal said the cultural scientific center will be named after the former Cuban Science, Technology and Environment Minister Rosa Elena Simeon, who passed away in 2004.

Japan will make donations to the center, which are to include planetary projectors of stars, constellations and meteorites plus a library with five volumes of DVD-format graphics.

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