Cuba–Malaysia relations

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Cuba–Malaysia relations
Map indicating locations of Cuba and Malaysia


Diplomatic mission
Cuban Embassy, Kuala LumpurMalaysian Embassy, Havana
Ambassador Ibete Fernandez HernandezAmbassador Roslan Abdul Rahman

Cuba–Malaysia relations (Spanish: Relaciones Cuba-Malasia; Malay: Hubungan Cuba–Malaysia; Jawi: هوبوڠن كوب–مليسيا) refers to bilateral foreign relations between Cuba and Malaysia. Diplomatic relations were established on 6 February 1975, Cuba opened its embassy in Kuala Lumpur on 1997, while Malaysia opened its representation in Havana on February 2001.[1] Both are the members of Group of 77, Non-Aligned Movement and United Nations.[2]

Cultural exchange[edit]

The Casa Cuba in Melaka, built in 2007 as an initiative of the Cuban Embassy in Malaysia, is an art gallery dedicated to works by Cuban artists. The gallery is located in a building which was formerly a senior government officer’s residence during British Malaya.[3][4]

Economic relations[edit]

In 2001, Cuba was granted US$10m palm oil credit facility by Malaysia to purchase 35,000 tonnes of palm oil under the Palm Oil Credit and Payment Arrangement (POCPA) scheme.[5] Both countries co-operate in the area of biotechnology in the field of research and production of vaccines.[6] The Cuban government has provide a scholarships for Malaysian students to pursue their medical studies and humanities in Cuba.[6] Until 2014, the relations are limited to biotechnology and culture, thus Cuba announced their interest to expand the relations more further towards other fields such as healthcare, tourism and education.[7] In 2016, the Malaysian side also keen to expand their bilateral relations with the invitation of Cuban companies to participate in major trade shows organised by the country each year and ratified the position of their country against the economic blockade to the Caribbean nation.[8][9] In 2018, Cuba extended their invitation to Malaysia to explore the possibility of producing Cuban vaccines in the country.[10]


Malaysians who visited Cuba up to 3 months are not required to obtain travel visas.[11]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Malaysia-Cuba Bilateral Relations in brief". Embassy of Cuba in Malaysia. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Malaysia, Cuba to celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations". The Borneo Post. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Cuba comes to Malacca". Bernama. The Star. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  4. ^ Fadzli Ramli (4 July 2011). "Casa Cuba Exposes Malaysia To Cuban Culture". Bernama. South-South Information Gateway. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  5. ^ Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani (21 March 2001). "Cuba gets US$10m palm oil credit". Economics and Industry Development Vision, Malaysian Palm Oil Board. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Amplia colaboración entre Malasia y Cuba" (in Spanish). Opciones. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Malaysia and Cuba to enhance relations". Cuba Sí. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Cuba hopes to get international help to lift US trade blockade". The Star. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Cuba and Malaysia to boost bilateral businesses". Cuban News Agency. 12 February 2016. Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Cuba keen to produce Cuban vaccines in Malaysia". Bernama. New Sabah Times. 29 January 2018. Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Consular Section in Malaysia". Embassy of Cuba in Malaysia. Archived from the original on 18 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012.

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