Andrew Cuomo & Business Delegation in Havana

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo heads a business delegation to Havana. He was welcomed by Josefina Vidal who heads the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry and is the chief negotiator in talks with the Obama administration.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo heads a business delegation to Havana. He was welcomed by Josefina Vidal who heads the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry and is the chief negotiator in talks with the Obama administration.

HAVANA TIMES — The Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo arrived in the Cuban capital on Monday heading a large delegation of business people interested in learning firsthand the Cuban reality and making contacts for future business endeavors.

Cuomo was welcomed at the José Martí International Airport by Josefina Vidal, head of the USA desk at the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

Along with Cuomo are executives of major companies including Walt MacNee, vice president of MasterCard, Freda Lewis-Hall, vice president of the world famous Pfizer, and Robin Hayes, vice president of JetBlue, precisely the airline that brought the charter flight to Cuba.

On the agenda for the delegation are meetings with Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, and, according to informed sources, with Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

On Tuesday April 21 at 10 am, Cuomo and his companions will give a press conference at the Hotel Nacional, to which the accredited international media is invited.

Governor Cuomo intends with his visit to open spaces and make contacts for the business community of his state, in accordance with the steps taken by President Obama and his counterpart Raul Castro.

And they are not alone in testing the Cuban waters.

Today Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla began a European tour culminating in Belgium the day after tomorrow to attend the Sixth Session of the Political Dialogue with the European Union. From these meetings depends a possible change of EU policy with Cuba.

Virtually all analysts believe that taking into account the latest developments regarding the Cuba-US dialogue, Europe wants to move quickly toward a rapprochement with Cuba. As an example: Federica Mogherini – the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy who visited Cuba a few weeks ago-, said today that “this block shouldn’t miss opportunities in its relations with Latin America and the Caribbean,” a topic the EU foreign ministers were debating Monday.

Such negotiations are one more reason the New York governor and his delegation are present in Cuba.

15 thoughts on “Andrew Cuomo & Business Delegation in Havana

  • April 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    You should all remember that Tourism is not the only source for Income for Cubans. Farming and Production of Beef, Pork & Poultry can make for Plenty of $s for the economy. They could market products as ‘free Ranged’ and Non-GH fed or injected.
    U.S. would save allot on shipping and having it imported from Australia or New Zealand. The Options are limitless!!

  • April 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    The piss is already running in the streets. Have you seem the Cuban infrastructure?

  • April 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    They will build hotels for US tourists. They know their market and how to serve it. The Castro regime wants their money and know how to get it.

    Their customers won’t be the poor, oppressed Cuban slaves who’s job it will be to toil in the hotels.

  • April 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Since the 1990’s Cuba has contracted foreign hotel corporations to build and manage the resorts in Veradero, Cayo Coco, Holguin & etc.

    Italian, French, Spanish and Canadian hotel operators build hotels, golf courses and marinas. You can bet the Castro regime will be delighted to have US corporations do the same.

  • April 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    What Cubans will earn is up to the Castros. In the case of Cubans doctors working in Brazil, for example, Cuba receives as much as $5k per Doctor and yet the Castros pay the Doctor less than $1k. You do the math. If you are concerned about the Cuban worker being exploited, you should take it up with the Castros.

  • April 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    “Cuba did ok so far “? Do you really believe that?

  • April 22, 2015 at 9:08 am

    The hotel business in Cuba is of no interest to US hoteliers. The Hiltons, Westins, and Marriotts are looking for a more well-heeled market.

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