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Posted October 20, 2004 by publisher in Cuba-US Trade

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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 1,000 foreign and 100 Cuban firms are expected to take part in the event, covering some 10,000 square meters of exhibition space in 20 different pavilions.

Another interesting aspect of FIHAV 2004 is the Cuban Food Import Company (ALIMPORT), which is welcoming various firms, particularly from the United States, to cover more than 90% of its exposition space, thus demonstrating the growing interest in trading with Cuba despite the strengthening of the blockade.

Maciques also explained that during the event, several countries will be celebrating their national days and it is hoped that significant contracts will be signed, similar to those agreed last year, demonstrating that this trading space has become one of the most important in Latin America.

On this occasion, official delegations from nations such as Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela are also expected to attend, highlighting an increase in the number of Latin American exhibiters as well as those from other regions such as China.

The award ceremony for the event is scheduled for Thursday, November 4 and FIHAV 2004 opens its doors to the public the previous weekend.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 21, 2004 by Dana Garrett

    How odd.  Cuban Americans are restricted from visiting their families in Cuba, USA academics are restricted from doing research and teaching there through exchange programs, USA students are now prohibited from studying there for over a sustained period of time, USA scientists are prohibited from traveling to Cuba to exchange ideas and approaches that can help both nations in a variety of areas, and USA citizens (like me) are unable to visit a country that is a mere 90 miles from our shores but which has been off limits all of our adult lives.  Yet if a bunch of businesspersons want to attend a trade fair and can make some bucks in the process, then that is perfectly OK since the purpose of the visit is pure profit.

    Sometimes nations reveal their real orientation toward other nations in the exceptions they grant in their policies.  In this case, the USA makes exceptions in areas of trade: the USA selling goods to Cuba for cash.  And that tells us something about the USAís real orientation toward Cuba.  Itís not mostly about human rights or elections or voting ala USA-style.  Itís about seeing Cuba as an opportunity for powerful business elites to enrich themselves even further.  Itís about viewing Cuba as a means to make money. 

    The USAís view of Cuba hasnít grown a single inch from the exploitive, thieving and horrid days of Batista. 

  2. Follow up post #2 added on October 21, 2004 by Ken Roklin

    Yes, unbelievable.  The US Government banned Canadian citizens who did business in Cuba from entering the USA. What in effect the USA is saying is that it is OK for the US to do business with Cuba but no one else. No wonder Americans have such a bad rap internationally. And the US does this all under the guise of promoting democracy when it is really all about the mighty $$$.  They have further demonstrated this in Iraq. We all know what Iraq was all about, not freedom or WMD, but rather OIL and $$$’.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on October 26, 2004 by Make A Difference


    From electoral-vote.com:

    From The Los Angeles Times: “Nationwide, at least two polls in the last week showed that newly registered voters favored Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry by double-digit margins. The Massachusetts senator holds an even greater lead, the polls found, among voters 29 and younger The conclusion is that the new voters and younger voters favor Kerry by a large margin, but historically they donít actually bother to vote. If they do this time, it could make a big difference.

    Come on peopleyour vote is essential!

    THEREíS STILL TIME TO REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT in many states if you are registered to vote!
    Itís easy; itís online.

    Absentee Ballot information online:


    Please e-mail this information to all of your friends! 


    Your future depends on it! 


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