SOUTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN REGION
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Nigeria is to establish a Culdad and Tobago. Meetings between the Nigerian High Commissioner in Port of Spain and the Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Culture and Multiculturalism have been fruitful, and a suitable property has been located to house the Cultural Centre. When this project is completed it will add fill up to the already existing cultural ties Nigeria enjoys with the country.tural Centre in Trini
In July, 2013, an inaugural meeting was held in Brazil between the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and his Brazilian counterpart on the Establishment of the Mechanism for Strategic Dialogue between Brazil and Nigeria. This meeting will ultimately culminate in a Bi-national Commission between the two countries. This visit to Brazil will be followed up by another in August in which the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Arc. NamadiSambo will lead the Nigerian delegation to the inaugural session of the Mechanism for Strategic Dialogue. A Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and Brazil is in place for the waiver of visas for Nigerian diplomatic and official passports holders.
Nigeria and Argentina have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations as well as a Technical Cooperation Agreement. There is also a proposed visit to Nigeria in September 2013 of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina. This visit is expected to explore other possible areas of cooperation between the two countries.
Nigeria and Venezuela are now seeking better collaboration towards strengthening political and economic relations. Consequently, the first meeting which deliberated on the MOU for the Establishment of a Mechanism of Political Consultation signed between the two countries in July 1999, was held during the official visit of the honourable Minister of State 1 of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Adaku Onwuliri to Venezuela on 23 -24 November, 2012. This important visit culminated in the signing of the outstanding Agreement between Nigeria and Venezuela on the waiver of visa requirements for holders of Diplomatic and official passports.
Nigeria-Cuba relations in the field of education are tremendous. In July 2007, ninety one (91) Medical Doctors graduated from Cuban Medical Schools using full Cuban Government Scholarship. Nigerian students are still pursuing various medical courses in Cuba on Cuban Government Scholarship. On May 16, 2013, the Ambassador of Cuba in Nigeria, Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes sustained a cordial meeting with the delegation of the Ahmadu Bello University who recently visited Cuba with the aim of expanding academic exchange relationships with the Agrarian University of La Havana, scientific research centres ascribed to it and LABIOFAM Business Group.
The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs will undertake a visit soon to Cuba. The visit will afford both countries to sign the long outstanding Agreement on Reciprocal Waiver of Visa Requirements for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports. The signing of this agreement by both countries will forge closer ties and remove barriers that presently militate against officials to engage each other with ease.