Prensa Latina: “Curaçao’s Free Zones to promote closer ties with Cuba”
WILLEMSTAD, HAVANA - A representation of Curinde, a company that manages 2 free zones and an industrial park in Curaçao, will travel to Havana in order to promote closer ties with institutions dedicated to economic development in Cuba.
In an interview with Prensa Latina, Jacqueline Jansen, Curinde's executive director, explained that the Havana International Fair (FIHAV 2015), scheduled from November 2 to 7, is a good framework to understand the Cuban reality and for strenghtening ties.
"I believe that the most important thing is that this is a big step for creating new partnerships, for exploring, but also for making contacts and continue in communication. That is very important', Jansen said.
'In Curaçao, our main goal is to develop the economy of the island. We have 35 years of existence with great satisfaction, because we are determined and we know that we contribute ... There have been good times and challenging times. The fundamental point is our contribution and we want to bring that experience to Cuba', she said.
For his part, assistant manager at Curinde, Daniel Oleana, said: "Our goal on November 2-7 is to provide our businessmen with the opportunity to explore possibilities there, to make contacts, to create and foster ties and assess information exchange between the 2 countries and the organizations responsible for the free zones'.
Oleana added that representatives from 9 companies will be attending FIHAV 2015 as an exploratory phase, because for many of them this will be their 1st visit to Cuba.
'You can say that is the first step of many,' Olena said.
Although the Curaçao delegation to Havana failed to include all the people interested in joining, Curinde will be present to present all the information of their contacts.
'Surely there will be many possibilities, not only from Curaçao to Cuba, but also from Cuba, probably, to Curaçao', warned Curinde's executive director.
Regarding the Law No. 118 of Foreign Investment, adopted in 2014, they admitted they are not familiar with it, but they have a group of lawyers, who have been working for years in Havana and they will be part of the delegation to help in the clarification of questions and details.
'This is not only a travel, but an opportunity to see and next year we could say that not only 9 companies, but maybe 2 or 3 times that number, or even more companies, would attend the event. That would be delightful to see the next time', concluded Jansen.
Curaçao's free zones are part of the delegation of about 50 businessmen that this island in the southern Caribbean Sea will send to the 33 edition of FIHAV, to be held in Expocuba's fairground in Havana.