G77 science and technology summit concludes in Havana

The G77 Summit on Science, Technology and Innovation concludes today. 30 heads of state and government from Asia, Africa and

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The G77 Summit on Science, Technology and Innovation concludes today.

30 heads of state and government from Asia, Africa and Latin America met in Havana to discuss recurring challenges for developing countries and the role science and technology plays in closing development gaps.

After assuming the Presidency of the G77, Cuba has sought to deepen south-south cooperation in an effort to break away from traditional development paths to achieve sustainable development. In a recent statement, Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez said that the meeting should conclude with a statement that emphasizes “the right to development in an increasingly exclusive, unfair, unjust and plundering international order”

During the summit, expect China to promote their rising technology industries as alternative pathways to countries, such as Cuba, who have suffered from commercial blockades in the past. In addition, as the second-largest destination for foreign direct investment by China, Latin America will likely pursue deeper cooperation in development projects and promote technical cooperation. Following the meeting, participants are expected to release a closing statement that calls for the establishment of a new economic world order. In the short term, the G-77 will reinforce Cuba’s emerging role in an increasingly multipolar world as other states recognize its validity.