A ship loaded with 84 buses donated by the Japanese embassy to Cuba arrived at the port of Havana this Thursday and is already being unloaded by the island’s authorities.
The donation is part of a development project for the city and the improvement of transportation in the Cuban capital, reported the official website Cubadebate.
According to the information, the buses were assembled in Colombia and will be operated by the Guanabo (59) and Bahía (25) terminals.
They will enter operation after passing technical checks and quality designed by the Cuban government.
Likewise, the buses that are now in the terminals that will benefit from the Japanese donation will be redistributed to other terminals, such as Diezmero, Cotorro and Fortuna.
Several Facebook users posted images of the ship from Havana’s Malecón, and of the work in the Port to unload the buses.
The arrival of the “guaguas” was scheduled for August and September of last year, as announced by the Cuban embassy in Japan. Since then, the drivers have been waiting and wondering when they would arrive. Every time a ship entered Havana they thought it was the shipment, according to various testimonies.
In 2019, both countries signed legal documents to formalize a donation of more than 30 million dollars to improve electrical service and transportation on the Caribbean island.
In the middle of last year, the Asian nation also donated to the Cuban government machinery destined to increase agricultural production – specifically, obtaining quality rice seeds – valued at almost 10 million dollars.
The lot comprised almost fifty self-propelled transplanting machines, 42 harvesters, 41 tray seeders for seedling production and 199 tractors for mud-filling the rice-growing areas.
Shortly after, Japan donated equipment to the Agroindustrial Company of Granos Sur del Jíbaro, in the province of Sancti Spíritus. The entity received 40 tractors for the preparation of the land, 10 combined small harvesters, nine rice transplanters, six tray seeders and these containers for sowing.
Cuba has suffered for years a public transport crisis that today is also affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuba’s transport minister reported in December that less than 50 percent of the vehicle fleet operates on the island.
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