US entrepreneurs explore business opportunities in Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba - A group of business people from the US state of Ohio visited Cuba looking for opportunities to foster bilateral trade in the event that the US economic, commercial and financial embargo of the Caribbean island is lifted.
The trade mission, which is headed by Congressman Tim Ryan, met with Cuban authorities on the potential of the two sides to trade in key economic sectors, such as tourism, construction, agri-business and health.
The director of the North America Division at the Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Ministry, Maria de la Luz B´Hamel, said that there are many opportunities to develop commerce between the two countries if the US embargo is lifted.
Cuban-American lawyer Luis Alcalde expressed the interest of the US businessmen in learning from Cuba in order to boost bilateral trade to the benefit of the people of the United States and Cuba.
Alcalde stressed their wish that the US Congress should lift the US’s anti-Cuba policy, which only prevents the two countries getting the benefits of possible joint business initiatives.
The US trade mission visited the Special Development Zone at the western Mariel harbour and met with representatives of the US embassy in Havana. The Ohio business people also held bilateral meetings with Cuban officials in the areas of tourism, logistics, transportation, health and other sectors.