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Posted January 06, 2011 by publisher in Business In Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Pedro Alvarez, former head of Cuba’s purchasing agency has “taken refuge” in the United States according to an anonymous source quoted from El Mundo.

Mr. Alvarez was the former head of the Cuba purchasing agency Alimport which has been recently reorganized by President Raul Castro and it’s purchasing authority has been spread among other agencies in Cuba.

Mr. Alvarez has had an unfortunate couple of months. In June of 2009 he was relieved of his duties at Alimport and moved to the Cuba Chamber of Commerce. He was removed from that office in November 2010 and is now… or at least he was, being investigated for corruption and allegedly detained several times for questioning. Even more tragic, his wife, Olga de la Cruz Llera, died in the November 4 Cubana Airline plane crash in Cuba.

Cuban authorities believe that Mr. Alvarez secretly left Cuba for the United States between December 27 and 29 of 2010. Apparently he called his mother and said that he would not be returning to Cuba.

During his term at Alimport, the United States became the fifth largest trading partner of Cuba.

At this time, Mr. Alvarez’s whereabouts are unknown but one could speculate that he will surface and be subjected to an interview with US authorities due to his high ranking in the Cuban government.

One would also expect Mr. Alvarez to be hired by a Cuba consulting firm since his insight would be very valuable to US based businesses seeking to sell agricultural goods to Cuba.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 06, 2011 by mcse72

    Another slave leaves the plantation. Hopefully the next one will be the master himself.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 07, 2011 by Otro Cubano


  3. Follow up post #3 added on January 11, 2011 by Eric,NYC

    Inundan la isla con DINERO para que vea como la democracia llega con la prosperidad. Mis padres son cubanos pero viajo a Cuba desde los 16 años. Es decír,30 años….

    Ya va tomando el rumbo que debía desde la caída del comunismo….

    Esperemos que se puedan salir de la crisis mundial.

    Se sobrevivieron el periodo especial,el futuro se presenta como una maravilla….

    Pero que se acabe de ir p´al carajo el caimán barbudo. Dios mio,el viejo está arrepentido pero no es digno ni merece ningún perdón por la destrucción de Cuba.

    Que este año sea el decisivo de una por todas.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on January 16, 2011 by Tony

    The hardline cUban Exiles and anti Cuba politicians dont get it. They keep making predictions about Cuba that never come to fruition. The Cuban Revolution is supported by the overwhelming population of Cuba. The exiles find this hard to swallow so they have created a “reality” about Cuba that only exists in their heads. Their agenda is based on this illusion, which is why they suffer defeat after defeat. Long Live the Cuban Revolution!

  5. Follow up post #5 added on February 12, 2011 by Charles H.Garrido.-.

    Cobardes:Pedro Alvarez: Primero pagaron un Planazo y hablo..!
    despues,pagaron dos puñetazos en la cara para que que no continue “cantando”!
    No te preocupes aqui!! en los USA,hablaras “El Pico” Acuerdate? tarde,pronto,llevaremos otros individuales “Cubanazos”,ladrones,a parte dieron “Palizas”,Chusma.-
    Llevaremos nuestra CUBA. Recuerda las piedras La Cabaña trajeron sangre,sudor, nuestros hermanos,hermanas padres,madres esos son los Martires.-Cubanos Siempre.-!!
    Thanks Cooperation
    Charles H. Garrido
    Miami Fla.-

  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 07, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    Tomorrow I have been in the U.S. 50 years.  Now, that makes me 61. 
    I would love for some authority to tell me if it’s true that the Israelis run the Cuban citrus in jaguey grande, if the canadians are running Cuban mines, mejico the Cuban infrastructure, including communication, the hotels by europian nations, the U.S. Is now the 5th trading partner, I believe #1 in agriculture, both members of world government and world bank, Mega TV presents Cuban music artists, all the time in “esta noche tu night”, from day one we gave Cuba, Canada and mejico to procure anything Cuba needed, so what embargo?  Should we simply get our U.S. Transition with Cuba done?  Like our U.S. rep. Lincoln Diaz Balart declared when he refused to run for reelection in District 25 in Miami, FL.  Is it time we all work for a better U.S. And Cuba, end “peligrosidad”, U.S. Exile status, and help everyone involved.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on June 07, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    Also, let’s be specially smart and suggest that we be allowed to retire in Cuba with our social security, and, how about dual citizenship, U.S. And Cuban, for at least all Cuban minors that left Cuba before 1963.  I left 23 feb. 1961, turned 11 in Medellin, Colombia April 3, 1961, and entered the U.S. June 8, 1961.
    I would love to work for Cuba-U.S. Relations and do my very best for both.  If we are stuck with World Government as we are, then, let’s get to work on our direct interests.
    Oscar Nunez, C.P.A., Businessman, Los Angeles, CA

  8. Follow up post #8 added on June 07, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    It’s part true that we don’t get it, but, only because we have missed some of the news.  Back in early 1982 every American/U.S. Magazine published articles about having to regain control of labor, Reagan started busting unions of the private sector in 1980, and Cuba was mentioned as a source of cheap labor with a 100% literate populace.  So, we, U.S., Canada, Mejico went to Cuba.  If the U.S. didnt go, then, we hid behind everyone that went.
    And, what did our politicians do while we were busting private sector unions, they unionized government employees at all levels, opted out of social security, started their now famous 80% of pay pensions,while the Nation was not looking.  We U.S. Americans need to hire Gloria Allred and bring everyone back to contribute to our national treasure/ our social security system.  You will see, then, how strong our system will be.  We have betrayed our private sector and have become slaves to our rulers / in this case, our politicians.
    Oscar Nunez, C.P.A., R. E. Broker, Businessman.  L.A., CA

  9. Follow up post #9 added on June 07, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    And, while we are at it, please, tell Obama that I was one of our now famous 10% of Republicans that voted for him.  And, that an American President does not have anything better to do than to explain and document his birth legitimacy qualifying him for that office.  And, anything else owed to our democracy.
    Obama stated that he had better things to do with his time than to produce his birth certificate in full.
    No sir, our country will only remain great for as long as we hold ourselves accountable.  So, change your attitude yesterday.
    Oscar Nunez, C.P.A.  L.A., CA

  10. Follow up post #10 added on June 08, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    Keep your eyes open my fellow cubans americans.  Our U.S. Every week approves another 2 billion for Egypt, Syria, or lybia.  Never mind Afghanistan;  and, when did you ever hear a matching like amount for social security.
    We need to stop our republicans intl agenda as first.  And, stop the democrats socialist programs / spending first.
    Oscar Nunez, C.P.A.  Los Angeles, CA

  11. Follow up post #11 added on June 08, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    I promise to stay focused on article.
    This was my first visit and I got overly excited.
    My comment would be, having read another of your articles where it reads that Raul has replaced fide l’s folks with raul’s people, then,  it makes good sense.  And, Alvarez probably knew what was coming.
    Head of purchasing in any country is a huge responsibility and one that would require the utmost loyalty to Raul and his assignees.
    Oscar Nunez, Los Angeles, CA

  12. Follow up post #12 added on June 20, 2011 by G.W.

    Interesting comments Oscar Numez has. Maybe someone should lead this person to the platform.  If he was here in Canada,he’d get my vote.  It’s a shame the U.S goverment is like an old dog with a rag in it’s mouth, holding an old grudge for so long. They lost & yet protected the ousted criminals I’d never trust them to have any political connection with the people of Cuba.

  13. Follow up post #13 added on June 22, 2011 by Oscar Nunez

    Thank you my Canadian friends.

    There is nothing like staying focused. 
    I believe that castor and the united states have been partners since Castro visited the U.S. In 1960.  Why?  To save our hemisphere from Communism, already very much advanced in Mejico, Panama, and Colombia.

    So for 50 years they have been going at each other to make it believable, including our “Bay of Pigs Invasion”.  Then, Castro rubbed elbows with the “Russians” and any other U.S. threat.

    Next, is Hugo Chavez.  He’ll replace Castro as the bad guy, and, we will make peace with Castro.

    Venezuela, here we go again, is our 3rd largest U.S. Provider of oil.  Hello?

    I have to go.  Our cubans were sacrificed here and there, and, we both saved a lot of bloodshed and misery in our hemisphere.  I’m proud of our combined contribution to our hemisphere, assuming all this is true.

    One more Cuban asking for protection is part of our designed strategy of the cold war.

    It was easy for Castro to be a U.S. thorne.  I believe Chavez won’t be as believable with our present list of U.S. Opposition.

    I’m ready to work for a normalization of U.S. and Cuba.

    God bless us going forward.  We will need it.
    We need to stop justifying war as vital, when I believe that all we are doing is fighting the wars of world corporations;  you see they don’t have armed forces. 

    Stop fooling the American people that all these skirmishes are vital to “freedom”.

    I still believe in my Cuba and my U.S.
    Oscar Nunez, San Dimas, CA

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