Miguel Ángel Alvelo Céspedes
“I know what you represent: a bridge between Spain and Cuba. The civil society that you represent is a rising value all over the world and more in Cuba, where the Spanish root is so deep”. With these words, Don Carlos Pérez-Desoy Fages began in the position as consul general in Havana, in the Old Galician Center on August 24, 2016.
As a fact of the diplomatic history between Cuba and Spain, I would like to point out some very brief data of the extensive curriculum vitae of this “diplomat par excellence”.
Consul in Havana, from 2000 to 2003, at the time Mr. Jesús Manuel Gracia Aldaz was the ambassador. Counselor of the Embassy of Spain from August 2006 to June 2011, years during which he had the opportunity to share his work with two ambassadors: Mr. Carlos Alonso Zaldívar and Mr. Manuel Cacho Quesada. Finally, he returned to Havana as consul general in August 2016 until today, coinciding with three ambassadors: Mr. Juan Francisco Montalbán Carrasco; Mr. Juan José Buitrago de Benito; and Mr. Juan Fernández Trigo.
With much effort, the workers of the Consulate General of Spain in Havana, face daily two of the departments that have always been the most saturated of the Consulate such as: Visa and Civil Registry.
As a Cuban, I am particularly happy to know that a tool has just been established that was necessary a long time ago. Today I was able to consult the status of the nationality file submitted under the Historical Memory Law, through the link that I show below, taking into account that several thousand files corresponding to that law are still in process.
We believe that this measure will lead to the decrease of thousands of people who personally go to the Consulate to inquire about the status of processing their file, as well as the number of inquiries received by email.
It has also begun to manage via telematics the presentation of the resources of rejection against refusals of visas through the website of the Consulate, which will simplify the procedures, the documentation to be presented and will not require the presence or the physical delivery of documentation by part of the appellant.
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