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Cuba hard currency to be channeled through central bank

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AFP Cuba on Thursday made a surprise move to tighten the government’s grip on hard currency, on the heels of an oil find that breathes new life into President Fidel Castro’s communist rule. The Americas’ only one-party communist government said in a statement that from January 1, all… Read More

Pinar del Rio is ready for grape harvest to produce Cuba wines

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DTcuba.com Cuba’s westernmost province, Pinar del Río, is ready for the grape harvest, which will be used to make high-quality wine. Vineyards, which barely covered eight hectares two years ago, have expanded twofold at present, so large grape production is expected in 2005. Bodegas San Cristobal,… Read More

Commercial quality oil discovered in Cuba

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By Marc Frank | Reuters An oil deposit with an estimated 100-million-barrel reserve has been discovered off Cuba’s coast by Canadian companies Sherritt International Corp. and Pebercan Inc., President Fidel Castro said. “We have a new oil discovery ... the first since 1999,” Castro… Read More

Swiss company inaugurates website for sending money to Cuba

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Granma.cu Swiss AWS Technologies Company http://www.aws-transaction.com has opened a website for sending money to Cuba which, among its competitive advantages offers greater rapidity and efficiency in the service. The Internet site of the [url=http://www.aws-transaction.com]http://www.aws-transaction.com[/url]… Read More

Personal touch made difference for Maine business delegation in Cuba

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Sharon Kiley Mack | Bangor News It pays to bring the big guns to the negotiating table, state agriculture industry leaders learned last week on a trade mission to Cuba. “I hate to admit it,” state Agriculture Commissioner Robert Spear said Monday, “but my presence did make a big difference.… Read More

US food products for sale in Cuba

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Javier Machado | Cubanacán Press | cubanet.org The Cuban government’s retail food network is selling eggs out of cases clearly labeled “Florida produce” at 1.50 pesos each, underselling those who used to resell eggs at 2 pesos in the local underground economy. The grade A, large eggs… Read More

Maine - Cuba trade update

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By MECHELE COOPER | Blethen Maine Newspapers Jeremy Steeves said his family jumped at the opportunity for another market for their product. And after returning home Friday after five days in Cuba, the maple syrup producer from Skowhegan said his maple syrup will be sold in specialty shops in that island… Read More

China “invading” Latin America with investments

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By GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune In his first visit to Cuba, Chinese President Hu Jintao lent strong political support to this besieged nation but also came bearing gifts, including $500 million for a new nickel plant and $15 million for education, health and other areas. Hu even pledged late last month… Read More

Maine trade delegation signs $10 million in contracts at Havana Alimport conference

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MaineToday.com We have editorialized in recent weeks about the trade missions that Maine business and governmental leaders have been making to other countries. Given the success of those trips, our support for them continues to grow. Given the success of those trips, our support for them continues to… Read More

Cuba agrees to buy $125 million in US goods

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer Cuba has agreed to buy about $125 million in farm goods from U.S. companies attending trade talks in Havana, officials said. The deals, which were agreed on during three days of negotiations that ended Friday, surpassed expectations, Pedro Alvarez, chairman… Read More

Montana Bean seller finds Cuba a worthwhile market

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By BECKY SHAY | Billings Gazette Staff Jim Stinehagen has put in long days this week negotiating to make a huge sale of Montana products to Cuba. On Wednesday Sen. Max Baucus announced an agreement with the Cuban government to purchase $15 million in agricultural products from Montana. About $10 million… Read More

Maine agriculture trade mission to Cuba nets $10 million in contracts

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Boston.com Cuba has agreed to purchase up to $10 million worth of farm products including potatoes, apples, and dairy cattle from Maine producers, Gov. John Baldacci said Thursday. “This agreement shows the importance of increasing our reach across state and national boundaries to enable Maine… Read More

Cuba to start buying Canadian beef

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News.gc.ca The Government of Canada today announced that Cuba has agreed to re-open its border to a broad range of Canadian beef products. The agreement to resume trade follows extensive discussions between Canadian and Cuban animal health and food safety officials since the discovery of bovine spongiform… Read More

Americans fly to Havana to attend trade talks with Alimport

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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Writer Two years ago in December, fewer than 30 U.S. business representatives came to Havana to sign agreements with Cuban officials to export food to the Caribbean island. This week, Cuba expects more than 340 people — primarily producers of American farm… Read More

Cuba promotes its tourism industry in China

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DTcuba.com Cuba’s Tourism Ministry launched a broad promotional campaign in China to boost the Caribbean Island’s attractions among potential Chinese vacationers. For that purpose, a delegation headed by Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero traveled to China. The Cuban official’s agenda… Read More

Havana Police sweep city for self-employed taxi operators

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Cubanet.org A sweep by police and transportation inspectors netted several arrests and a number of confiscated cars Wednesday in the area around the Havana bus station. Another raid later on that day, this one in the environs of the Parque de la Fraternidad, yielded more arrests. The enforcement action… Read More

American Farm Bureau Federation asks President Bush to not restrict US trade

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[url=http://www.cfba.org]http://www.cfba.org[/url] Because changing the method of payment for U.S. farm goods sold to Cuba could be detrimental to America’s farmers and ranchers, a letter from AFBF and other ag groups was sent to President Bush. The letter asked the president… Read More

Doing business in Castro’s lair - Opinion

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2theadvocate.com Louisiana has something to gain from trade with Cuba, but it’s only money. It certainly is not moral stature. With global trade increasingly divorced from moral obligations, there seems little practical reason to object to a trade delegation attending a conference in Cuba. Louisianians,… Read More

Digital Telephony Expands in Cuba

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DTcuba.com The services of digital telephony will benefit all provincial capitals in Cuba, as part of a program to improve communications on the Caribbean Island. Digital telephony reached the cities of Las Tunas and Bayamo, both in eastern Cuba, thus completing an important stage in the development… Read More

Louisiana trade trip to Cuba has its critics

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By James Varney | Staff writer | NOLA.com A handful of Louisiana officials and businesspeople are planning the state’s first trade delegation to Cuba in nearly 50 years, but the four-day tour next week to the Communist isle has elicited some local grumbling. State Secretary of Economic Development… Read More

Bush administration reviews Cuba trade - Is US Cuba trade over?

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UPI The Bush administration has temporarily halted the transfer of money to U.S agricultural firms selling goods to Cuba. Congress Daily reported Friday that the move, apparently aimed at discouraging trade with the communist nation, comes amid a review of existing law to investigate whether Cuba is… Read More

Alabama agriculture officials warn Cuba trade loss if payment system changes

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By GARRY MITCHELL | The Associated Press Poultry industry officials say a surge in product sales to Cuba could be halted by the Bush administration’s attempt to reinterpret a 2000 trade law covering payment for the shipments. “It could result in a complete loss in sales,” said Richard… Read More

Minnesota’s Kaehler family will return for another Alimport food show

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By Shannon Fiecke | Winona Daily News Kicking it back with Fidel Castro might not be the most politically correct thing to do, but Ralph Kaehler believes it’s the right step toward building peace with our southern neighbor. When his two sons are grown, the St. Charles, Minn., farmer doesn’t… Read More

Maine agriculture trade mission headed to Cuba for Alimport conference

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Associated Press Former Maine Gov. Kenneth Curtis will represent Gov. John Baldacci on a five-day trade mission to promote Maine farm products in Cuba. Representatives of Maine’s potato, apple, dairy cattle and maple syrup industries plan to visit the island nation from December 12 to 16. The trip’s… Read More

US food and medicine products in demand in Cuba - List by Navarretta Group

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http://www.navarrettagroup.com/hot.htm Hot Products List: U.S. Products In High Demand In The Cuban Market U.S. companies are permitted by law to export products in the areas of food and medical goods and products Food: Agriculture, all other foods and food supplements (for both people and… Read More

Alimport invites US companies to second 2004 Commercial Negotiations

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DECEMBER 2004 CUBA-US TRADE ROUND AS THE 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1ST AMERICAN COMMERCIAL SHIPMENT TO CUBA IS NEARING, ALIMPORT IS PLEASED TO INVITE THE MEMBERS OF THE US AGRIBUSINESS, PORT AND TRANSPORTATION COMMUNITIES TO VISIT CUBA AND REVIEW THE ACHIEVEMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE CUBA-US… Read More

Cuba Turns to Asia for Friends and Capital

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Reuters Short on cash and squeezed by U.S. sanctions, Communist Cuba is turning to Asia for trade, credit and friends and has received visits this week from the leaders of China, Vietnam and Malaysia. Chinese President Hu Jintao brought timely political backing for Cuban leader Fidel Castro and a delegation… Read More

Louisiana trade delegation going to Cuba to explore business opportunities

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By NED RANDOLPH| Advocate business writer When economic development Secretary Mike Olivier leads a trade delegation to Cuba next month, he and at least six businesses will be wading through a political brier patch that has guarded the communist nation from U.S. business interests for 40 years. In fact,… Read More

Cuba trade more made more difficult due to increased scrutiny

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By Rafael Lorente | Sun Sentinel The Bush administration might force Cuba to pay cash in advance of shipment for any food the island purchases from U.S. companies in the future—a change that could jeopardize millions of dollars a year in agricultural sales. Until recently, the practice has been… Read More

China signs multiple business deals and explores bilateral trade with Cuba

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AFP Cuban President Fidel Castro greeted China’s President Hu Jintao in a wheelchair before the two sides sealed accords that will see major Chinese investment in the island’s nickel industry. The communist allies held several hours of talks on Monday night after witnessing the signing of… Read More

New Currency Exchange Houses Open for Convertible Peso

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] A new exchange house, the largest of its kind in the country, opened in Havana, as part of authorities’ strategy to expand that service. The facility, located in Old Havana, offers 10 windows where transactions can be made… Read More

Maine potato growers plan trip to Cuba to explore sales

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Bangor Daily News Some Aroostook County Maine potato growers may get involved, through a Canadian intermediary, in a fact-finding mission to Cuba later this winter. There is some interest in Cuba about acquiring Maine potato seed, according to Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board.… Read More

Vermont to sell $6,000,000 worth of powdered milk to Cuba

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Associated Press Vermont Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr says he has completed a deal to sell $6,000,000 in powdered milk to Cuba. Cuba has agreed to purchase powdered milk through DairyAmerica, a California-based marketing cooperative. Part of the order would come from the Saint Albans Co-op and Agri-Mark,… Read More

China President Hu Jintao to visit Cuba to sign Nickel production deal

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Channel News Asia Agreements signed during next week’s visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao should allow Cuba to double production of nickel from its current level of 75,000 tonnes a year, according to Cuban President Fidel Castro. “These are big, big investments,” Castro said in a… Read More

Cuba buys $10 million worth of agriculture products from Montana

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Associated Press Cuba had completed its promised purchase of $10 million in Montana agricultural products, Sen. Max Baucus said Tuesday, and another deal is possible. The Democrat is scheduled to visit the island nation next month. In September 2003, Baucus traveled to Cuba with state agriculture producers… Read More

US dollar worth 90 cents in Cuba due to 10% surcharge

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By Vanessa Arrington | Associated Press Writer The value of a dollar in Cuba dropped to 90 cents on Monday as a surcharge on the American greenback took effect, the latest step in the island nation’s conversion from an economy based on U.S. currency to one using the new convertible peso. Cubans… Read More

Dallas Morning News paper to shut down Havana office

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | Miami Herald A Texas newspaper will close its office in Havana by the end of the year, further reducing independent news from the communist-ruled island. The Dallas Morning News, one of just four U.S. media companies with a coveted bureau in Havana, will close its operation in Cuba… Read More

Havana police confiscate unlicensed pedicabs

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Richard Rosello | Cubanet.org Havana police have confiscated around 600 pedicabs in the last month, forcing their operators and others into the ranks of the unemployed. Most of the confiscated pedicabs and their operators lack the required licenses to either work as self-employed operators, or to operate… Read More

Havana International Trade Fair nets estimated $200 million in US contracts

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VNagency.com The 2004 Havana International Trade Fair closed in Havana on Sunday with the signing of contracts and letters of intent worth around 200 million USD. Under the documents, foreigners will export 193 million USD worth of goods to Cuba, while importing 7 million USD worth from the island country.… Read More

First contract signed with U.S. companies at Havana Trade Fair

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BY JOAQUIN ORAMAS | Granma.cu U.S. entrepreneurs participating in the Havana Trade Fair are planning to negotiate new sales of cattle and foodstuffs and hope to exceed the one billion dollars in total revenue they have received in trade operations with Cuba from 2001 to date. As part of that endeavor,… Read More

Cuban Convertible Peso won’t be devalued, Cuba bank chief Francisco Soberon says

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By Anita Snow | The Associated Press The central bank president says he is committed to keeping the Cuban peso’s value on par with the U.S. dollar in the wake of his country’s decision to remove the U.S. currency from circulation. For the past decade, the dollar has been the primary form… Read More

Cuban Central Bank to control US dollar vs Convertible Peso exchange rate

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Associated Press Cuban Central Bank President Francisco Soberon said he is committed to ensuring the convertible peso remains on par with the U.S. dollar in the wake of his country’s currency replacing dollars as legal tender. “It would be extremely unwise for us to change the one-to-one… Read More

Havana Cuba Trade Fair may generate $150,000 in US food sales to Cuba

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BY VANESSA ARRINGTON | Associated Press Pedro Alvarez, left, president of Alimport, Cuba’s state food company, and Naples rancher John Parke Wright, managing director of J.P. Wright & Co., read the fine print before signing an agreement that will have Wright send 100 head of dairy cattle to… Read More

US Agriculture sales to Cuba could be a $400,000 business in 2004

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Cuba reports 1,559,185 tourists through September 2004

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The number of tourists who have visited Cuba’s destinations during the first nine months of 2004 totaled 1,559,185. According to Cuban tourism authorities, that number accounts for a 13.1-percent increase in tourist arrivals,… Read More

Havana Trade Fair draws many US companies

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Associated Press Just days before an American presidential election whose outcome could alter US-Cuba relations, communist officials were designing deals to buy $US150 million ($A201.48 million) more in corn, wheat, cattle and other American farm products at a trade fair opening Monday. Agribusiness… Read More

Dallas Morning News to close Cuba news bureau

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Associated Press The Dallas Morning News plans to close its bureau in Cuba as part of a program of staff cuts and realignment of resources, the newspaper’s editor said Thursday. Editor Robert W. Mong Jr. said the newspaper had notified the Cuban government of its intent to close its Havana bureau.… Read More

PEBERCAN to increase oil exploration and development programs in Cuba

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CNW Telbec PEBERCAN is pleased to announce an intensification of its oil exploration and development project within Bloc 7, a concession located between Havana and Matanzas on the north coast of the Republic of Cuba. At present, three drilling rigs are active in this zone and will remain active until… Read More

Oklahoma to sell wheat to Cuba

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Associated Press Agriculture officials in the state say Cuba will buy $1-million bushels of Oklahoma wheat in November and December. Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Terry Peach says based on current prices the sale is worth more than $4-million. Peach recently led a trade mission to Cuba that included… Read More

Cubans plan for US dollar ban

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By Mary Murray | NBC News Everyone in Havana wants answers to the same basic question: Will the new government ban on U.S. dollars make life harder? Starting Nov. 8, Cuban stores and restaurants will no longer accept the American currency as legal tender. Instead, the local convertible peso becomes king,… Read More

Cuba takes US dollar out of circulation

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AFP Communist Cuba’s taking the US dollar out of circulation will net it some needed liquidity while the move’s timing seeks to cash in on international political prime time: the looming US presidential vote, analysts said. President Fidel Castro, 78, in his first public appearance since… Read More

CUBAN FINANCIAL CHANGES ANNOUNCED TONIGHT

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by Walter Lippmann | Cuba News Group Cuba’s Mesa Redonda public affairs program announced tonight a series of measures designed to strengthen the government’s ability to direct the island’s economic resources. Cuba’s Commander-in-Chief, Fidel Castro presided over an extended version… Read More

Many US companies to attend the Havana Trade Fair

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A large delegation from the United States is just one of the representations from more than 40 countries to appear at the 22nd Havana Trade Fair (FIHAV 2004) from November 1 through 7 at the EXPOCUBA exhibition center. Abraham Maciques, president of the organizing committee, said that to date more than… Read More

The price of gas in Cuba

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Feeling pain at the gas pump? Be thankful you don’t live in Cuba, where the typical worker must labor for an entire week just to earn enough for a gallon of the precious stuff. The average Cuban makes $12 a month, and the top grade of gas costs $3.41 a… Read More

U.S. Embargo of Cuba Fades Away

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About.com The full scale U.S. embargo of Cuba has ended. With no fanfare or “fall of the Berlin Wall” celebration, a mighty flow of American goods is streaming into Cuban stores and kitchens. In 2000, Cuba ranked dead last among all 180 nations in terms of agricultural purchases from the… Read More

US Rice producers sign agreement for sales to Cuba

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The Lafayette Daily Advertiser Representatives of the U.S. Rice Producers Association were in Havana, Cuba, last week at the invitation of Pedro Alvarez, president and CEO of ALIMPORT (Empresa Cubana de Alimentos), the Cuban food import agency. The visit was highlighted by the joint signing of a letter… Read More

Once again, it’s lights out for Cuba as blackouts plague island

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News It’s deja vu all over again in Cuba, as blackouts now plague the nation almost a decade after near-economic collapse regularly plunged the island into darkness. Looking to reassure the populace, government leaders on Thursday sacked a veteran official responsible… Read More

Cuba sugar mills generate electricity

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Ariel Delgado Covarrubias, UPECI | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Nine sugar mills are in full production even though the sugar harvest has not yet started; they are generating electricity to alleviate the energy crisis in the country, said Sugar Industry… Read More

Vermont finalizes Cuba trade plan to send dairy cows to Cuba

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Associated Press Vermont expects to send its first shipment of dairy cattle to Cuba early next year as part of a trade agreement. Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr traveled to the island nation for a week in early September to help fine-tune an estimated $7 million deal for Vermont companies to sell dairy… Read More

Cuba Tourism Ministry forces merge of state owned Cubanacan and Gran Caribe

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By Marc Frank | Reuters Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bars in Havana are under new management in a drive by Cuba’s Communist government to increase control over its main cash cow, the tourist trade. The Tourism Ministry has directly taken over restaurants and other night-life spots, including… Read More

US Cuba Trade Could Generate $50 Billion and 900,000 Jobs

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PR newswire | National summit on Cuba Free trade with Cuba could generate $50 billion and 900,000 jobs for the United States over a twenty year period, according to a forecast presented at the National Summit on Cuba on Friday by Dr. Tim Lynch, director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis… Read More

North Dakota farmers sell yellow peas to Cuba, again

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By Patrick Springer | [url=http://www.in-forum.com]http://www.in-forum.com[/url] A North Dakota farm trade delegation announced a sale of peas to Cuba on Wednesday that’s expected to bring revenues of $500,000 for state farmers. “It’s about a million dollars back… Read More

Cuban Economy Slows After Strong First Quarter 2004

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By Marc Frank | Reuters An energy crisis, hurricanes, increased controls on state businesses and a tighter U.S. embargo are taking a toll on the Cuban economy after a strong first semester, foreign and domestic experts said on Monday. The Caribbean island closed more than 100 factories this month in… Read More

Pedro Alvarez says U.S. farmers may suffer losses due to Bush restrictions

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By Sean Federico-O’Murchu and Mary Murray | MSNBC and NBC News Cuba’s top trade official has warned that American agricultural companies could suffer sharp financial losses because of the new U.S. restrictions on trips to the island nation. Jose Goitia / AP file The freighter M.V. Ikan… Read More

Cuban Companies Apply for Entrepreneurial Excellency Award

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The 7th Entrepreneurial Excellency Award, called by Havana authorities, has attracted companies from different sectors. On this occasion, experts said, 24 companies have applied for the Award, although more requirements regarding… Read More

Cuba business and the politics of doing business with Cuba

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Cuba temporarily shuts hotels to counter severe electrical problems

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Associated Press A major Cuban government hotel chain temporarily closed at least 16 hotels across the island Friday under measures to combat severe problems in the country’s electrical system. The hotels will reopen Nov. 1, said Maria de los Angeles Font, lawyer for the Hotel Riviera, among four… Read More

Cuba announces measures to reduce electricity problems

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] A package of measures is to be applied in Cuba with the aim of reducing the power cuts being provoked by difficulties within the national electric energy system. During the third radio and television Roundtable program yesterday… Read More

Cuba schedules blackouts to save energy

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Associated Press Faced with severe problems in the island’s electrical system, the government says it will schedule energy-saving blackouts in neighborhoods and shut 118 power-consuming factories for the month of October. The measures were announced Wednesday night on a television program in which… Read More

China to consolidate ties with Cuba

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[url=http://www.TravelVideo.tv]http://www.TravelVideo.tv[/url] Havana - Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Saturday that China has set an unswerving policy on consolidating ties with Cuba, and the policy will not alter regardless of changes in international situation. Hu made the… Read More

Cuban economy plods along amid pressures

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President Hu Jintao: China to consolidate ties with Cuba

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[url=http://www.xinhuanet.com]http://www.xinhuanet.com[/url] Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Saturday that China has set an unswerving policy on consolidating ties with Cuba, and the policy will not alter regardless of changes in international situation. Hu made the remarks… Read More

Cuba seeks deals to get around trade, travel restrictions

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By James Cox | USA TODAY The Castro regime is using its checkbook as leverage to get U.S. firms, trade groups and politicians to sign formal pledges agreeing to work for changes to U.S. laws that restrict travel and trade with Cuba. Cuba’s use of so-called advocacy agreements has prompted anti-Castro… Read More

Vacationers Interested in Cuba’s Sugar Museum

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Moron’s Sugar Museum, which is closely linked to tourist activity in Jardines de Rey (King’s Gardens), is one of the main attractions for foreign vacationers visiting that destination in eastern Cuba. Tour operators… Read More

Fin de Siglo - Once-glamorous remnant of pre-revolutionary Cuba

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BY GARY MARX | Chicago Tribune The front window of the once elegant Fin de Siglo department store is shattered, with a hole the size of a soccer ball. But what has become of the cavernous interior is what upsets long-time Havana residents who lament the stark deterioration of the renowned store - and… Read More

Havana Cuba and Montpelier Vermont forge agriculture connection

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By Bruce Edwards | Miami Herald Staff Vermont’s agriculture secretary has signed a historic $6 million deal with Cuba in a trade mission that included a lengthy meeting with President Fidel Castro. Cuba has agreed to buy 100 cows, 2,000 bushels of apples and 3,000 metric tons of dried milk from… Read More

Cuban trade with Chinese characteristics

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By Patricia Grogg | Atimes.com The Cuban government is attempting to strengthen and expand trade with China, the country’s third-largest trading partner after Venezuela and Spain, while preserving the distance between its own brand of socialism and the giant Asian country’s “market… Read More

Senate Committee OK’s Idea to Sell Farm Products to Cuba

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[url=http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com]http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com[/url] A key U.S. Senate subcommittee approved a proposal by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan Wednesday to clear the way for American citizens to travel to Cuba to promote the sale of U.S. farm products without… Read More

Sugarcane’s New Promise for the Cuban Economy

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Patricia Grogg | Tierramerica Cuba is stepping up efforts to make use of sugarcane derivatives for such things as medications and plastics at a time when the island’s sugar industry is undergoing restructuring due to the low sugar prices on the international market. Cuban scientists are saying… Read More

Cuban agriculture expands pineapple production across Cuba

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Cuban authorities are expanding pineapple crops in all 14 provinces of the country, as part of a program aimed at diversifying production in the agricultural sector. The so-called queen of fruits is being cultivated from Pinar… Read More

Vermont Ag secretary Kerr to visit Cuba next week to work on export

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[url=http://www.wrgb.com]http://www.wrgb.com[/url] Vermont’s agriculture secretary is working on a deal to export the state’s agricultural products to Cuba. Secretary Steve Kerr will travel to the island next week to meet with Cuban officials. The trip follows a trade… Read More

More North Dakota trade trips to Cuba in the works

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By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press Writer North Dakota farm groups are planning more trade trips to Cuba, hoping to build on past successes in the communist island nation and get a firmer foothold in the emerging export market. “Cuba is the Western Hemisphere’s largest market for dry peas,… Read More

Sysco changes its mind on dealing with Cuba

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By DAVID KAPLAN | Houston Chronicle The Houston-based Sysco Corp., the nation’s largest food distributor, has scrapped plans to do more business with Cuba. On Aug. 11, a Sysco subsidiary in Alabama signed a letter of intent to increase food sales to the island, but that letter has since been retracted… Read More

New Citrus Harvest in Western Cuba

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The Empresa de Cítricos de Jagüey Grande, in western Matanzas province, is putting the finishing touches to the upcoming citrus harvest. Producers expect an output of 500,000 tons of fruit this year, thus achieving the second… Read More

Hungering for trade with Cuba

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BY LARRY LUXNER | Special to the Miami Herald Despite its relative proximity to Cuba and a common language and culture, Puerto Rico is landing only a tiny fraction of the contracts that the Castro government is awarding to U.S. food companies. Some Puerto Rican exporters would like to change that. Salvador… Read More

Foreign investment plunges in Cuba as government’s attitude changes

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By Doreen Hemlock | Business Writer | Sun Sentinel Foreign investment in Cuba dropped last year for the first time since the communist-led island began opening to business more than a decade ago. Havana authorized fewer new ventures with foreign companies, and a record number of existing ones dissolved.… Read More

Cuba oil supply hinges on Venezuela vote - Heritage Foundation Opinion

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IMAGINE FIDEL CASTRO WITH OIL By PETER BROOKES | NY Post SUNDAY is a red-letter day for democracy and for the price of oil: Venezuelans vote on a referendum on whether to recall President Hugo Chavez. Long a friend of the United States and since 1958 one of Latin America’s most stable democracies,… Read More

Playas del Este businesses close during “electrical emergency”

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Reinaldo Cosano Alen | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Employees of several hotels, restaurants and other businesses in Guanabo, a beach resort town east of Havana, have been sent home on full pay during the ongoing “electrical emergency,” the… Read More

Cuba watches as Venezuela decides how the oil will flow

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By ANTHONY BOADLE | Reuters News Service Cuba’s economically strapped government is closely watching Sunday’s recall referendum in Venezuela, which could deprive it of vital oil supplies and its staunchest ally in Latin America. But Cuban officials are confident Venezuelan voters will back… Read More

Cuba watches recall vote as Venezuela decides how the oil will flow

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By ANTHONY BOADLE | Reuters News Service Cuba’s economically strapped government is closely watching Sunday’s recall referendum in Venezuela, which could deprive it of vital oil supplies and its staunchest ally in Latin America. But Cuban officials are confident Venezuelan voters will back… Read More

Food Giant Sysco in negotiations for Cuba food business

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Associated Press Giant American food distributor Sysco Corp. said Wednesday it’s working with Cuban officials to increase sales to the island’s tourism industry under an exception to the U.S. trade embargo. So far, the Houston, Texas-based company has sold only about US$500,000 worth of food… Read More

Republican George Nethercutt’s persistence pays off for Cuba trade

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By Jim Brunner | Seattle Times staff reporter As Republican George Nethercutt campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Democrats frequently mock him as a “rubber stamp” who would blindly follow the orders of the Bush administration. In a typical attack, incumbent Sen. Patty Murray recently sent out… Read More

ETECSA inaugurates remittance service to Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] The Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETECSA) has inaugurated its Sercuba service in Havana, which will permit people in Italy and Spain – the European countries with the largest concentrations of resident Cubans… Read More

Cuba set for record U.S. food and agriculture purchases

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By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times Despite U.S. efforts to strangle the flow of dollars to Cuba and fresh exchanges of acrimony between Presidents George Bush and Fidel Castro, the cash-strapped Cuban government intends to make record U.S. food purchases this year, according to its chief international… Read More

Cuba economy hinges on Hugo Chavez recall vote on August 15

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BY RICHARD BRAND | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_KMQa997zIG').innerHTML = output; //]]> Just… Read More

Tax authorities impose further restrictions on self-employed

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By Reinaldo Cosano Alen | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] Cuba’s tax authority, the National Tributary Office (ONAT), has issued new regulations for the self-employed which many here say will only tend to put many of them out of business. At first glance,… Read More

Spanish company finds oil off Cuba’s coast

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Associated Press The Spanish petrochemicals company Repsol-YPF reported Thursday it found petroleum reservoirs off Cuba’s coast, but the first well was not considered commercially viable - a ruling likely to disappoint many here who had hoped for bigger news. Repsol Chief Operating Officer Ramon… Read More

Barcardi Rum maker wants its nationalized Cuban property back

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By TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News Castro loyalists say Bacardí would recoup seized property by force El Coco, they called it. It was a 98-year-old palm tree that withered and died in 1960 after Fidel Castro took power. It stood in front of the Bacardí rum factory. Now company executives hope… Read More

Spain’s Repsol YPF completes exploratory oil drilling off Cuba coast

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By Marc Frank and Anthony Boadle | Reuters The Eirick Raude offshore rig is seen in this file photo from late 2003 in the Burin Sea off Canada. Spain’s Repsol has rented the Eirick Raude and has been drilling for 18 miles off Cuba’s northwest coast since June 2004. Oil experts say Cuba’s… Read More

Cubans wonder if oil could revive Castro regime

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By Patrick Lescot | AFP | Petroleumworld Weary from economic hardship, Cubans are eagerly awaiting news of the outcome of oil exploration off Cuba by Spain’s Repsol YPF that could turn cash-strapped Havana into an oil producer overnight and breathe life into President Fidel Castro’s communist… Read More

Splash Tropical Drinks and other Florida companies send goods to Cuba under embargo exception

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JOHN PAIN | Associated Press Richard Waltzer doesn’t hesitate when asked to name his beverage company’s best customer - Fidel Castro, of course. “He’s paying cash up front,” said Waltzer, president of Splash Tropical Drinks of Fort Lauderdale. “It doesn’t get… Read More

China Cuba trade cooperation discussed in Havana

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[url=http://www.vnagency.com]http://www.vnagency.com[/url] A workshop on Cuba – China trade cooperation was held by the Cuban Chamber of Commerce in Havana on Wednesday. Prominent at the workshop were 30 entrepreneurs from the Chinese province of Jilin who are doing business… Read More

Cuba mystery money in Swiss bank gets scrutiny

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_aVlpEmVXlO').innerHTML = output; //]]> |… Read More

Bodegas del Caribe Bets on Cuban Wine

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The joint venture Bodegas del Caribe, founded three years ago, is producing Cuban wine from grapes harvested on the Caribbean Island. The firm, an association between the Cuban company Cítricos Caribe and Spain’s Palacio… Read More

South Dakota Delegation assesses agricultural trade opportunities with Cuba

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Associated Press Agricultural trade with Cuba is increasing, but it will be some time before it gets substantial imports from South Dakota, according to two participants on a trade mission to the communist country. Aberdeen lawyer Jeff Sveen and Frederick farmer John Sumption were part of an 18-person… Read More

Russia to sell passenger planes to Cuba

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UPI The Cuban government has agreed to pay $100 million for two passenger planes from the Russian manufacturer Ilyushin. Cubana Aviation and Ilyushin Finans Co. signed an agreement for delivery next spring of two large planes that can transport at least 200 passengers, according to the news agency Novosti.… Read More

NFTC Urges Congress to Protect American Trademarks in Cuba

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Press Release | National Foreign Trade Council Today, Bill Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council, urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to repeal “section 211,” a law that threatens thousands of U.S. trademarks currently registered in Cuba. “NFTC’s 300 member… Read More

Mexican Businesses Aim for Return to Cuba

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Associated Press Several months after Mexico pulled its National Bank of Foreign Commerce from the Cuban capital amid a diplomatic spat, Mexican businessmen traveled to the island to negotiate a future presence here. The entrepreneurs want “to return and install an office representing businesses… Read More

Cuba moves neutralize U.S. financial remittance restrictions

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Hard-currency limits have little effect on government By Paolo Spadoni | Special to the Sentinel On June 30, the Bush administration implemented new restrictive measures against Cuba aimed to deny hard currency to the Castro government and stimulate a political transition in the communist island. Mainly… Read More

Bello Caribe Hotel ready for business tourism

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] The Bello Caribe Hotel, in the Cuban capital, has new options to promote business tourism in the country. The three-star establishment has facilities to organize events in three meeting halls for 120 people. In addition, the hotel… Read More

UN Economics Commission recommends Cuba allow more private enterprise

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Associated Press While acknowledging Cuba’s social service achievements, a regional United Nations economics commission is recommending in a new report released Friday that the communist nation allow more private enterprise. The recommendations by the U.N. Economics Commission on Latin America… Read More

Drought and slaughter hurt Cuban cattle industry

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News It was a novel idea: Shrink cows to the size of dogs through genetic engineering. Feed them grass grown indoors and put one in every home. Finally, Cuba’s chronic milk shortage would be over. But Fidel Castro’s quest for miniature cows went nowhere.… Read More

Biotech firm Chiron fined for trading with Cuba

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PAUL ELIAS | AP Biotechnology Writer Biotechnology company Chiron Corp. admitted it illegally exported goods to Cuba and paid the U.S. government $168,500 in civil penalties, the U.S. Treasury Department reported last month. The Emeryville-based company voluntarily disclosed to the department that a… Read More

Spain drills for crude oil in Cuba - Halliburton wants Embargo lifted

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By Brian Gorman | [url=http://www.fool.com]http://www.fool.com[/url] Spanish oil and gas company Repsol YPF (NYSE: REP) is currently facing a big risk, but it’s a gamble a lot of American companies would gladly take. A New York Times article yesterday explained that the firm… Read More

Miami woman sues Club Med for operating Varadero Cuba hotel

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http://southflorida.bizjournals.com A 95-year-old woman who said her family owned a portion of the Varadero beachfront in Cuba before the communist revolution said she will file a federal suit in Miami, July 8, against the Paris-based Club Med resort chain for building and operating a luxury… Read More

Jamaica encourages business ties with Cuba despite U.S. pressure

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Writer The Jamaican government said Tuesday it will continue to encourage business relations with Cuba, despite ongoing pressure by the United States to discourage investment by foreign companies in the communist nation. Jamaica regards Cuba as a “close and… Read More

Spain’s Repsol-YPF oil company drills for oil off Cuba coast

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BY LARRY LUXNER | Special to The Miami Herald HAVANA—The Spanish oil company Repsol-YPF has begun drilling for oil in waters 18 miles off Cuba’s northwestern coast in an effort to reduce Havana’s dependence on imports. Although the decades-old U.S. trade embargo precludes the involvement… Read More

FÈnix Supplies Furniture for Cuban Leisure Industry

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] The company Muebles Fenix, attached to the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, has contributed to the development of tourism programs in Cuba’s leisure industry. Company executives pointed out that over the past… Read More

U.S. threat sways Jamaican firm in Cuba, but what of Europeans?

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Miami Herald Question: A Jamaican resort company, SuperClubs, has reportedly been canceling some of its hotel management contracts with the Cuban government after being warned of sanctions by the U.S. government under the 1996 Helms-Burton Act for ‘‘trafficking’’ in expropriated… Read More

US Cuba trade update via NPR - audio report

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http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1973670 GO TO THE LINK ABOVE TO HERE THE 6 MINUTE AUDIO REPORT Cubans Buying American Despite Tensions with U.S. Morning Edition audio June 24, 2004 Earlier this week, the Cuban government staged a huge anti-American rally in Havana to protest… Read More

Farmers count cost to Cuban Agriculture of Cuba’s drought

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By Mary Murray | Producer | NBC News Miguel Baez, 77, has farmed the land here his whole life, but Cuba’s rural heartland is no longer what he remembers. The fields were so fertile, he boasted, they could grow enough sugar to sweeten every cup of coffee in the world. There was enough crops and… Read More

The Air Gate of Havana

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Lighthouse in Morro Castle Cuba

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Check out this photo of the amazing Lighthouse in Morro Castle. Read More

India Park and Monument Cuba

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Check out this photo of India Park and Monument in Cuba. Read More

Gulf Avenue Havana, Cuba

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Check out the old cars in this old post card of Gulf Avenue Havana, Cuba. Read More

Cuban Country Home

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Check out this old postcard of an old Cuban Country home.   Read More

Cathedral Square Cuba

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Cuban Agriculture gripped by worst drought in decade

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Reuters Cuba’s worst drought in a decade has dried up reservoirs and stunted crops, including sugar cane for next year’s harvest, officials and industry sources say. Authorities on the Communist-ruled island are scrambling to get water to residents in central and eastern parts of the country… Read More

Cuba’s agricultural sector isn’t what it used to be

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By MICHAEL BRAGA | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_o2sbObKf0n').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Herald… Read More

Cuba seeks more foreign investment in sugar industry

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Associated Press Cuban authorities are looking for foreign partners to help fund projects such as building an alcohol distillery and producing lollipops to further develop the island’s sugar industry. On Tuesday, the government distributed a pamphlet of 26 such initiatives to delegates at the International… Read More

Organiponicos - Greening Cuba : The Island’s New Environmentalism Faces Challenges

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Greening Cuba The Island’s New Environmentalism Faces Challenges By Eliza Barclay The students of the escuela primeria in Los Tumbos, a village nestled deep within the rich agricultural province of Pinar Del Río, constantly hover around the computer awarded to the school a year ago. Their computer… Read More

Is Canada ready for a U.S. attack on Cuba?

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By Murray Dobbin | [url=http://www.rabble.ca]http://www.rabble.ca[/url] Would Bush actually invade Cuba or is he just playing tough guy to ensure he scoops Florida in the November election? Prime Minister Paul Martin chatted with George W. Bush at the G8 meeting this week and apparently… Read More

Florida - Cuba Conference notes pros, cons of investing in Cuba

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BY JANE BUSSEY | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_zJp7r1yXzv').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

U.S. businesses and entrepreneurs could make billions of dollars in Cuba

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JOHN PAIN| Associated Press CORAL GABLES, Fla. - U.S. companies would have billions of dollars in economic opportunities if the American trade embargo on Cuba were lifted, but the communist nation’s economy would have to be modernized before reaping those benefits, panels of experts said Thursday.… Read More

Cuba hopes search for oil will build up economy

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By Doreen Hemlock and Diana Marrero Staff Writers | Sun-Sentinel The future of Cuba’s economy over the next few years may hinge on a wild card: the discovery of commercially viable oil off the island’s shores. Cash-rich oil company Repsol-YPF S.A. of Spain is set to drill an exploratory well… Read More

Rice trade poses several benefits to Texas - Cuba commerce

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By MONETTE TAYLOR | South Central Texas Edition | [url=http://www.CountryWorldNews.com]http://www.CountryWorldNews.com[/url] At the recent meeting of the Texas-Cuba Trade Alliance (TCTA) in Houston, producers and agri-business attendees heard Jay Davis of East Bernard Rice Marketing… Read More

Droughts wreak havoc with Cuba Agriculture

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[url=http://www.vnagency.com]http://www.vnagency.com[/url] Serious prolonged droughts have wreaked havoc in Cuba, especially in the central and eastern regions. The droughts, have lasted for nine months, and are considered the most fierce since 1961. Losses were estimated at more… Read More

Havana Club rum barrels on factory shelves

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An unidentified Cuban looks at rum barrels of the Havana Club in Santa Cruz del Norte, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Havana, Cuba, Tuesday June 8, 2004. The French-Cuban Havana Club company organized a visit to the factory for the media. (AP photo/Jose Goitia) Read More

Cuba wraps up sugar harvest

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The Associated Press Cuba’s latest sugar harvest came in at about 2.75 million tons, larger than last year but still tiny and less than officials had projected, the communist government announced Friday. The Communist Party daily Granma quoted Vice President Carlos Lage as saying that the 2003-2004… Read More

Fidel Castro plans crackdown on self-employed Cubans

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By Marc Frank in central Cuba | [url=http://www.FT.com]http://www.FT.com[/url] In the words of Maria, who works in a sugar-producing town in central Cuba, the region’s cash-starved workers have to “invent” ways to buy essentials such as food, clothing and soap. “The… Read More

Embattled Cuban tourism industry booms

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By Marc Frank | Reuters Cuba celebrated Sunday the arrival of a million tourists in record time, despite U.S. efforts to undermine the Communist nation’s most important economic sector and amid a shake-up over corruption. “In 2002, we reached the figure (a million visitors) on July 29 and… Read More

British tourists flock to for Cuba vacation

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters British tourists seeking Caribbean sun and beach have spurred the recovery of Cuba’s tourism trade, which grew 13.6 percent in the first quarter of this year. Despite world security concerns and the SARS scare, British tourists have flocked to communist-run Cuba in growing… Read More

Texas producers have ‘big advantage’ for Cuba business

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By Monette Taylor | Country World | [url=http://www.lanuevacuba.com]http://www.lanuevacuba.com[/url] Although many agricultural producers may not be aware of the opportunities, doing business with Cuba is possible and happening. At a meeting in Houston on May 12, sponsored by the… Read More

Mobile Alabama mayor signs letter endorsing travel, trade with Cuba

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The Associated Press Mobile Mayor Mike Dow has signed a letter calling for President Bush to work with Congress members seeking to lift Cuban travel and sales restrictions. Dow is one of 33 who signed the May 20 letter issued by Americans for Humanitarian Trade With Cuba. The letter raises concerns about… Read More

Cuba Mexico Relations: Cuba Is the Loser - Commentary

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Louis Nevaer | Pacific News Service MERIDA, Mexico—What the United States could not do in more than 40 years, Fidel Castro has managed to achieve in a matter of a few weeks: Cuba’s rift with Mexico threatens to isolate Havana from the rest of Latin America as never before. The diplomatic… Read More

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce issues new report on Cuba business opportunities

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By JANE BUSSEY | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_yokdYk0Ul4').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Cuban Dollar Stores Reopen After 2 Weeks

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press HAVANA - Cuban stores selling goods in dollars reopened Monday, two weeks after the communist government abruptly shut them down to raise prices, blaming U.S. measures aimed at squeezing the island’s economy. The reopening of more than 5,000 dollar stores across the… Read More

Cuban dollar stores prices set to increase

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Miami Herald A government document showed prices at Cuba’s dollar stores set to increase by 10 to 30 percent. By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press. Posted on Fri, May. 21, 2004 HAVANA - Cuban officials have asked managers of dollar-only stores to mark up the price of their products—including… Read More

Cuba dollar stores still closed in reaction to tougher US sanctions

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OAKLAND ROSS | FEATURE WRITER | [url=http://www.TheStar.com]http://www.TheStar.com[/url] Castro’s regime closes dollar stores | Angry leaders fear military action HAVANA—As the clock ticks away on a bitter, 45-year war of nerves, threats and sometimes deadly deceit, does… Read More

Cuba Software Hits International Market

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Cuban-made computer programs were exported to more than 20 countries last year, as a show of their popularity in the international market. According to experts, the most relevant computer programs include those installed… Read More

UBS bank fined for issuing dollars to Cuba

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[url=http://www.NZZ.ch]http://www.NZZ.ch[/url] Switzerland’s biggest bank has been fined $100 million for violating United States trade sanctions by issuing dollars to countries on Washington’s blacklist. UBS admitted “very serious mistakes” had been made and… Read More

Cuban Tropical Fish Selling in International Markets

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Cuba has incorporated a new export item by commercializing tropical fish in the international market. Experts said that the initiative responds to an official strategy to increase exports. According to preliminary statistics,… Read More

Alimport conference generates $106million in new contracts for US food exporters

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By Larry Luxner | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] Some 405 representatives of U.S. food companies, farm cooperatives, state agricultural commissions and non-profit groups jammed Havana’s Palacio de Convenciones last month for four days of negotiations… Read More

Entrepreneurs Faces More Business Restrictions in Cuba

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ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press HAVANA - If you want to build a better mousetrap in Cuba, you’ll have to go to work for the government. Officials are halting new licenses for some types of self-employment - from magician to masseur to restaurateur to jeweler to mousetrap maker - as the communist… Read More

Cuba tourism industry grows by 13.6% in Q1 - $2.1Billion in 2003

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[url=http://www.menafn.com]http://www.menafn.com[/url] Cuba’s tourism trade grew by 13.6 percent in the first quarter of 2004, boosted by British tourists seeking Caribbean sun and beach. British tourism grew 37 percent in the first quarter to 32,616 visitors - becoming the… Read More

Cuba a Promising Market for U.S. Dairy Exports

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FRESNO, Calif., May 3 /PRNewswire/—Despite a U.S. trade embargo with Cuba that restricts business dealings, DairyAmerica Inc. has finalized two sales of skim milk powder to the Caribbean island. These transactions, for 4,000 metric tons (8.8 million lbs.), are among the first sizeable sales… Read More

Excellent Services of Palco Hotel Highlighted

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[url=http://www.DTcuba.com]http://www.DTcuba.com[/url] Havana.- The Palco Hotel, in the Cuban capital, is characterized by its excellent services, especially for businesspeople. The establishment, which is attached to Havana’s International Conference Center, has 174 rooms and… Read More

Private taxis eliminated from Havana Capitolio

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Dorka Cespedes | Lux Info Press | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] The taxi stand in front of the Capitol in Havana has been eliminated and the drivers told to relocate to the railroad station several blocks away under the pretext that they obstruct tourists… Read More

Cuba Oil - Would Chavez’s demise affect Cuban Economy? - Opinion

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By Eliza Barclay | UPI Speculation on what the Venezuela-Cuba axis means for Cuba’s future is a favorite topic among the Miami-based Cuban-American exile community and Washington foreign policy experts alike. A new report from the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University… Read More

Bill Proposed to Give Havana Club Trademark to Bacardi Rum

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By TODD J. GILLMAN | The Dallas Morning News Texans deny donation link, defend action on rum label as anti-Castro WASHINGTON – Hoping to settle a festering dispute involving Cuba, rum and international trade, Texas Rep. Lamar Smith filed a bill Wednesday that would give control of the legendary… Read More

Cuba Announces Deportation of Wanted Businessman Carlos Ahumada

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[url=http://www.voanews.com]http://www.voanews.com[/url] Cuba said that it will deport wanted businessman Carlos Ahumada back to Mexico later Wednesday. Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Mr. Ahumada is wanted on fraud charges in Mexico and that he will be returned… Read More

Texas Cuba Trade Alliance sponsors Cuba Agriculture Business Conference

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Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, (979) 845-3070,p-rosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – “Doing Business with Cuba,” a one-day conference that will provide information on exporting agricultural products to Cuba, including market potential for Texas products, is scheduled May 12 at the Sheraton… Read More

Cuba repays some official debt as economy picks up

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By Marc Frank | Reuters HAVANA - Cuba is meeting restructured short-term debt payments to some governments, diplomats said on Monday, apparently using increased tourism and nickel revenues, as well as cash gleaned from recently imposed hard currency controls. But the same sources cautioned the effort… Read More

Food Companies from 15 Countries at Cuba Food Fair

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Companies from 15 countries participated in the 9th International Fair on Food, Containers, Packing and Graphic Arts (ALIMEXPO), held at EXPOCUBA exhibition hall this month. Some 230 firms participated in the event, aimed… Read More

Pennsylvania trade delegation signs agriculture contracts with Cuba

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JASON STRAZIUSO | Associated Press PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania trade delegation returned from Cuba with contracts for cattle and apples after a five-day trip that included an eight-hour lobster-tail lunch with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The delegation, the first from a northeastern state to sign an… Read More

Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie recounts business trip to Cuba

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By ANNE WALLACE ALLEN | Associated Press Writer MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie just returned from a trade mission to Cuba, and he’s already planning his next trip - this time with 100 Vermont heifers. Dubie traveled to Cuba earlier this month as part of a trade mission to promote U.S.… Read More

Cuba spends $100m on US food

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By Stephen Gibbs | BBC correspondent in Havana The US says much of the produce is destined for the tourist market The Cuban government has agreed to buy more than $100m worth of American food and agricultural produce. The sales come after a week of talks with US business representatives in Havana. Food… Read More

Cuba pitches oil, nickel to United State—if embargo ends

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By Marc Frank | Reuters HAVANA - For Cuba, it was a chance to link trade and a trade-off. But the head of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana was not amused. Cuba wants U.S. investment in its emerging oil industry and offers the prospect of ample nickel supplies close to the United States—if… Read More

US-Cuba Trade Would Benefit With Lifting of Economic Blockade

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Prensa Latina Havana - In the first five years, normal trade turnover between Cuba and the United States would reach more than 21 billion dollars, Cuban Central Bank president, Francisco Soberon, affirmed to visiting US business people. Speaking at a dinner late Wednesday evening at National Hotel for… Read More

Philadelphia Officials to Sign Commitments for Limited Trade with Cuba

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By Thomas Ginsberg | The Philadelphia Inquirer Knight Ridder/Tribune Joining the bandwagon of trade with Cuba, Philadelphia port and state agriculture officials are scheduled to fly to Havana next week to sign commitments for up to $10 million in exports to Cuba. The signings would make Philadelphia… Read More

Doing Business With Havana Cuba

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CBS News Pedro Alvarez, chairman of Cuba’s food import agency, Alimport, right, and California Copngresswoman Loretta Sanchez in Havana (Photo: AP) It used to be called “trading with the enemy” and still is, in some quarters. But a growing number of U.S. businessmen, like Florida rancher… Read More

Cuba Invites U.S. Businesses to Invest in Key Industries

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[url=http://www.HispanicBusiness.com]http://www.HispanicBusiness.com[/url] Invective-filled political discourse between Cuba and the United States has not impeded steadily increasing trade, the topic of discussions that got under way here Tuesday on selling more U.S. food to the communist-ruled… Read More

US farm representatives in Cuba to strike deals

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By Marc Frank | Reuters HAVANA - Attracted by a once forbidden market and the allure of cash for their goods, 400 representatives of the U.S. agriculture industry huddled on Tuesday with Cuban purchasing agents interested in buying $100 million of American food products. Despite U.S. President George… Read More

ChampionLyte Beverages Delivers Largest Order to Havana

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PR Newswire MIAMI—ChampionLyte Beverages, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ChampionLyte Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CPLY ), today announced it has delivered its first order of sugar-free ChampionLyte® to Havana International Incorporated and FTZ Ship and Duty Free Supplies Inc. The order… Read More

Hundreds of U.S. farm representatives expected in Cuba

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ANITA SNOW | Associated Press HAVANA - Hundreds of U.S. farm representatives hoping to build long-term trade relationships with communist Cuba traveled here for a new round of talks opening Tuesday. Cuban officials said they hoped to contact to buy as much as $100 million more in American farm products… Read More

Communist Cuba Reins in Capitalist Entrepreneur Enterprises

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By Marc Frank | Reuters HAVANA (Reuters) - Managers of Cuba’s state enterprises have been told to hand over their expensive cars like Toyotas and Mitsubishis and stick to the more proletarian Russian-made Ladas or smaller vehicles. Nor can they drive cars with decorations or air-conditioning, which… Read More

U.S. Farm Officials Go to Cuba for Trade Talks

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The Associated Press Havana - U.S. farm representatives hoping to build long-term trade relationships with communist Cuba were traveling here Monday for talks island officials say could lead to as much as $100 million in new sales. More than 300 people representing about 150 producers of American farm… Read More

Cuba ready to buy from South Dakota, farm leaders say

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Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Farm leaders say Cuba wants to buy at least $10 million of agricultural products from South Dakota. Making that happen will take persistence and patience, said Gary Duffy, president of the South Dakota Value-Added Agricultural Center. Agricultural and business leaders… Read More

Congressman Otter and Idaho farm leaders head to Havana

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Associated Press BOISE—Congressman Butch Otter and leaders of a half dozen farm groups head for Cuba today for a week-long mission to sell Idaho commodities. Otter and representatives of the state’s bean, dairy, grain, potato and lentil industries will meet in Havana with Foreign Minister… Read More

Republican Congressman Butch Otter readies for Cuba trade mission

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Associated Press Republican Congressman Butch Otter is headed back to Cuba this month to cash in on the island’s demand for agricultural products. The five-day trade mission beginning next Monday includes representatives of the state’s bean, dairy, grain, potato and lentil industries. Otter… Read More

Intense drought in eastern Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] Worst year for rainfall in a decade • Holguín and Las Tunas facing most acute situation • Reservoirs at 54% capacity BY RAISA PAGES—Granma International staff writer— THE worst year for rainfall in a decade… Read More

Bacardi Files Appeal and Asks Court to Declare Company Exclusive Owner of Havana Club Brand

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Press Release MIAMI—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 30, 2004—Bacardi today filed suit in Washington, D.C. federal district court asking for a declaratory judgment that Bacardi is the exclusive owner of the Havana Club brand. The filing also asked the court to cancel the trademark registration… Read More

Hugo Chávez - Venezuela oil to Cuba

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By Financial Times Reporters Venezuelan opponents of Hugo Chávez think they have found a new ally in their struggle to oust the country’s president - Florida’s politically powerful Cuban-American community. Cuban-Americans have their own reason for disliking Mr Chávez: the 53,000 barrels… Read More

More Florida cattle destined for Cuba

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Tampa Bay Business Journal Florida rancher John Parke Wright struck a deal with Alimport, Cuba’s import agency, to add 50 cattle to the herd of 250 agreed on last year. The agreement between Wright and the Cuban agency was formalized in Havana where Wright, CEO of J.P. Wright & Co., is attending… Read More

Havana Club rum moves up the rum ranks

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BY LARRY LUXNER | Special to The Miami Herald HAVANA—‘‘I’m just a humble rum merchant,’’ says Alexandre Sirech as he sits in an office decorated with posters of 1950s Havana and shelves lined with liquor bottles of every size, shape and brand imaginable. RAPID GROWTH:… Read More

Cuba Increases Cattle Order from Florida

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Press Release J.P. Wright & Company Adds 50 Florida Cattle to Existing 250-Head Deal with Cuba. J.P. Wright & Company announced today it has reached an agreement with Alimport, Cuba’s agency responsible for imports, to add 50 Florida cattle to its existing 250 head deal. The shipment of… Read More

Cuba Cellular phones to become available in pesos

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By Ernesto Roque | [url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] HAVANA - The Cuban Telephone Company plans to offer cellular telephone service later this year with payments made in pesos rather than dollars, as has been the policy to date, according to well-informed sources.… Read More

Cuba downplays capitalism efforts

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Knight Ridder Tribune Sick of paying income taxes? Well, it could be worse. Some months, Ariel Duyos hands over 80 percent of his income to the government. But this small-time Cuban capitalist isn’t complaining. He makes more money than the island’s top brain surgeons and nuclear physicists,… Read More

South Carolina Lt. Govenor Andre Bauer’s Cuba deal draws fire

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[url=http://www.thestate.com]http://www.thestate.com[/url] Mike Campbell, son of former Republican Gov. Carroll Campbell, is turning up the heat on Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, a fellow Republican. At issue is Bauer’s recent trade mission to Cuba. There, Bauer and others signed an… Read More

Pernod eager to tap US rum market with Havana Club

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By Anthony Boadle | Reuters HAVANA - French spirits giant Pernod Ricard has won a trademark battle against rival Bacardi but not the war over access to the massive U.S. rum market, its president, Patrick Ricard, said Wednesday. Publicized with salsa bands and gyrating tropical dancers, Pernod Ricard’s… Read More

Digital Telephone Links with Pinar Del Rio

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[url=http://www.dtcuba.com]http://www.dtcuba.com[/url] Havana.- Pinar del Río, Cuba’s westernmost province, will benefit from digital telecommunications after the laying of a fiber optic cable is completed. Specialized forces are installing the conducts in which the fiber optic… Read More

Cuba sugar harvest plagued by mill problems

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By Marc Frank | Reuters HAVANA - Cuba’s plans to produce 2.6 million tonnes of raw sugar during the 2003/2004 harvest appeared further out of reach at the close of February, sources close to the industry said this week, as mills sputtered along and broke down. No official milling and yield… Read More

Argentina President Kirchner stresses the need to expand relations with Cuba

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[url=http://www.granma.cu]http://www.granma.cu[/url] BUENOS AIRES.- Argentine President Nestor Kirchner today highlighted the importance of the current visit by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque to the South American country and the need to expand bilateral links, shortly… Read More

Spain’s Repsol plans oil drilling in Cuba in 2004

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MADRID, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Spanish oil major Repsol YPF said on Tuesday it would start exploring for oil off Cuba by April at the latest, drilling several wells. The Communist-run island has granted Repsol the right to explore five blocks in the Gulf of Mexico off the west of Cuba, Repsol Chairman Alfonso… Read More

Why is Fidel Castro buying all those American chickens?

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By Daniel Gross | [url=http://www.Slate.com]http://www.Slate.com[/url] Here’s a radical strategy for lowering the United States’ record $489 billion trade deficit: Globalize our Cuba policy. U.S. exports to Cuba soared nearly 80 percent in 2003, while our imports from… Read More

Deal signed at farm bureau will send peas to Cuba

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By Rob Carroll | Daily Chronicla Staff Writer DeKALB - In a deal signed Tuesday at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, an agriculture business consulting firm and an international trader agreed to export 15,000 tons of dry field peas to Cuba later this year. RAPCO, an agriculture business consulting firm… Read More

FLORIDA FIRM MAKES SPLASH WITH EXPORTS OF FROZEN-DRINK MIX

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By Larry Luxner | [url=http://www.CubaNews.com]http://www.CubaNews.com[/url] The Trade Sanctions Reform Act of 2000, which allows U.S. food sales to Cuba on a cash-only basis, was aimed at helping Cuba recover from a disastrous hurricane. Now a Florida company is using the huma-nitarian… Read More

Cuba Boosts Urban Agriculture - organoponicos

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DTC news Havana.- Urban agriculture, an initiative boosted in Cuba since 1987, closed operations last year with an output of 3.7 million tons of produce. Authorities from the Ministry of Agriculture pointed out that a 300,000-ton increase in production is expected in this year’s plan. That way,… Read More

Increased Investments in Cuba’s Cement Industry

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DTC news Havana.- The cement factory in central Cienfuegos province, one of the biggest plants in the country, has benefited from an investment program of nearly 100 million dollars. According to experts, the works, 80 percent of which is completed, will include the modernization of the kilns, the cooler… Read More

Food shortages in Cuba raising a yellow flag

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BY NANCY SAN MARTIN | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_eoaZn4KEfN').innerHTML = output; //]]> An… Read More

2 Republican Lawmakers Believe US Will Drop Cuba Travel Ban

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Deborah Tate | [url=http://www.VOANews.com]http://www.VOANews.com[/url] Two Republican U.S. lawmakers, just back from a trade mission to Cuba, believe the United States will drop its ban on Americans’ travel to the Caribbean island next year. Senator Larry Craig and Congressman… Read More

Gold in Santiago de Cuba?

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DTC news Havana.- The mining experience developed in the town of El Cobre, in eastern Santiago de Cuba province, will be used to exploit the gold field of Oro Barita, in that region. According to experts, the site, located near the copper field that gave name to the town (El Cobre), could produce some… Read More

E-mail, dollars, and the Internet in Cuba

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HAVANA, February (http://www.cubanet.org)  The recent news that the government was getting ready to move against unauthorized Internet connections shook many here who had somehow contrived to get online. In the last few years, the government took hurried, definite steps to move the country… Read More

Tampa company selected as Cuba’s import agent

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Tampa Bay Business Journal Alimport, Cuba’s official agency responsible for imports into Cuba from the United States, has selected Tampa-based A.R. Savage & Son, Inc. as its shipping agents for all legal export transactions from Tampa Bay into Cuban ports. Pedro Alvarez Borrego, chairman and… Read More

Cuba Business Entrepreneurs Come Creeping Back

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By David E. Gumpert | Business Week In Fidel Castro’s topsy-turvy workers’ paradise, hard-currency tips mean that street performers and self-employed chefs live better than surgeons. If you’re worried that your business might fail and you’ll wind up as a bellhop, hotel maid, or… Read More

U.S. now Cuba’s seventh largest trading partner

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By Marc Frank | Reuters HAVANA - The United States jumped to seventh place among Cuba’s commercial partners in 2003, as the long-time enemies’ food trade increased due to a loosening of the four-decade-old U.S. embargo in 2000, the island’s Foreign Trade Minister said on Monday. “The… Read More

The Lesson of Cuba: Facing Reality

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by David Comissiong | [url=http://www.NationNews.com]http://www.NationNews.com[/url] By the time you read this column, I will be in Havana, Cuba, participating in the 3rd Hemispheric Congress at the “Struggle Against The Free Trade Area of The Americas”. Bobby Clarke,… Read More

Cuban Joint Ventures with Foreign Firms Dip

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By Marc Frank | Reuters HAVANA - The number of foreign companies engaged in joint ventures with Cuba fell by 15 percent last year, state-run media said Saturday, as a political squabble with Europe and increased economic regulation took their toll. The decline, the first reported by the communist nation… Read More

Digitization and Internet access in Cuba will continue to increase

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Heriberto Rosabal | [url=http://www.cubadebate.cu]http://www.cubadebate.cu[/url] This weekend, telephone digitization reached Cuba’s easternmost province, Guantánamo, 910 km. from the capital. Shortly before that, it benefited from the national fiber-optic grid. A full-fledged… Read More

Is the U.S. becoming Cuba’s bread basket?

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BY JANE BUSSEY | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_7BTOyKLuVV').innerHTML = output; //]]> | Miami… Read More

Cuba’s Hopes for Tourism in 2004

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[url=http://www.travelvideo.tv]http://www.travelvideo.tv[/url] After wrapping up the year on a roll with little more than 1.9 million foreign tourists for a solid 13 percent increase from 2002, Cuban industry authorities expect to crack the 2-million-visitor plateau by the end of… Read More

Cuba owes $891 million to Venezuela

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MARIANNA PARRAGA | EL UNIVERSAL | [url=http://www.eluniversal.com]http://www.eluniversal.com[/url] Data show that the island nation made no payment in 2003 Five oil shipments had not been registered on Pdvsa’s books by December The 2000 Cuba-Venezuela Integral Cooperation Agreement,… Read More

Cuba an island of mobile intentions, though cell service hard to get

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BY TRACEY EATON | The Dallas Morning News HAVANA, Cuba - (KRT) - Cubans wear them like fine jewelry, but they don’t glitter. They ring. They chime. They even vibrate. Cell phones, old news in most of the Americas, are the latest rage in this socialist nation. They’re a symbol of status and… Read More

Open letter to U. S. farmers from independent Cuban farmers’ leader

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[url=http://www.cubanet.org]http://www.cubanet.org[/url] ALTO SONGO, Santiago de Cuba December, 2003 - The president of the National Alliance of Independent Cuban Farmers, Antonio Alonso, wrote this letter to U. S. farmers, explaining the situation faced by Cuban farmers, whom the… Read More

Sebelius signs trade pact with Cuba

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By Scott Rothschild | Journal-World Topeka — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a joint communique with Cuba’s largest food importer, hoping to increase trade between Kansas companies and the island country. Under the deal, the Empresa Comercializadora de Alimentos, also known as Alimport,… Read More

South Carolina trade delegation in Cuba

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Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. - A trade delegation led by Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is in Cuba this week for talks on getting Cuba to buy South Carolina agricultural products. Three years ago, the United States loosened its 42-year-old embargo on trading with Cuba to allow shipments of food, agricultural… Read More

U.S. cites angst over Venezuela-Cuba ties

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Miami Herald A State Department spokesman, calling Cuba an antidemocratic force, says Venezuela’s close ties to Fidel Castro worry Venezuela’s neighbors. WASHINGTON - (AP)—Venezuela’s neighbors are bothered by close ties between the Venezuelan and Cuban governments and their potential… Read More

GlobalNet Announces Exclusive Telephony Contract for Cuba

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CHICAGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jan. 7, 2004—GlobalNet Corporation (OTCBB:GLBT) announced today that it has been awarded an exclusive contract for worldwide termination of voice and data mobile satellite telecommunications traffic originating in Cuba. The announcement comes on the heels of… Read More

Time to end dangerous Cuba naivete

Posted in Cuba Business > Cuba-Canada Trade

Paul Kedrosky | Financial Post | [url=http://www.canada.com]http://www.canada.com[/url] Canada seemingly just couldn’t stay out of economic trouble for long in 2003. Admittedly, it was not always Canada’s fault, but too many times it was. Last spring it was the infectious… Read More

Gulfport and Pascagoula Mississippi ports call Cuba trip a success

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By DAVID TORTORANO | THE SUN HERALD Officials from the ports of Gulfport and Pascagoula felt they got what they expected out of their recent trip to Cuba. Don Allee, director of the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport, came back with a guarantee that Cuba will use Gulfport as much this year as last. Pascagoula… Read More

Cuba trade embargo irks U.S. farmers

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BY ANITA SNOW | The Associated Press HAVANA - American farm leaders have called for an end to the U.S. trade embargo during talks this month with communist Cuba that have resulted in at nearly $110 million in new U.S. food sales to the island. Interest by American food companies in doing more business… Read More

Trade ideas sparked by trip to Cuba

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By GEORGIANA VINES | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) //= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == ' ') output += "&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"; else output += unescape(l[i]); } document.getElementById('eeEncEmail_gaKJ4iqKG8').innerHTML = output; //]]> U.S.… Read More

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