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CUNY Bildner Center hosts Economic Transformation in Cuba seminar

Posted May 11, 2012 by publisher in Cuba Business.
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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

The Bildner Center at CUNY in New York City is hosting a seminar titled “Economic Transformation in Cuba” on Monday May 21, 2012.

Since Raul Castro took over as President of Cuba, he has launched several initiatives to revamp and change the highly centralized form of state socialism for which Cuba had been known. The Cuba Project/Bildner Center colloquium provides an update on the evolving policies and the structural and institutional changes in progress in 2012.

The seminar will open with a discussion of recent trends and evolving frameworks in Cuba, the gathering concentrates on a handful of strategic initiatives: including, Entrepreneurship; Agriculture, Tourism, and Finances.

Tentative Seminar Agenda

Registration: 8:45 AM - 9:05 AM

Session #1: Cuban Updates on Actualización
9:05 AM to 11:00 AM, Room 9204/05

1. Cuentapropismo y ajuste estructural
Omar Everleny, University of Havana

2. Microfinanzas en Cuba
Pavel Vidal, University of Havana

3. Non-state Enterprises in Cuba: Current Situation and Prospects
Camila Piñeiro, University of Havana

Moderator: Mauricio Font, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

Session # 2: Strategic Initiatives: Agriculture
11:10 AM to 1:00 PM, Room 9204/05

1. Measuring Cuba’s Agricultural Transformations: Preliminary Findings
Mario González-Corzo, Lehman College, CUNY

2. Lineamientos y producción de alimentos
Armando Nova, University of Havana

3. U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports to Cuba - Uncertain times Ahead
Bill Messina, University of Florida

Moderator: Emily Morris, Economist Intelligence Unit in London

Session # 3: Entrepreneurship and Economic Scenarios
2:00 PM to 3:55 PM, Room 9204/05

1. Actualización in Perspective
Mauricio Font, Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

2. Cuban Restructuring: The Economic Risks
Emily Morris, Economist Intelligence Unit in London

3. Prospects in a Changing Geo-Economic Environment
Archibald Ritter, Carleton University, Canada

Roundtable on Implications and Future Agenda
4:15 PM to 5:45 PM, Room 9204-05

While some of the panelists will present in Spanish, each session will have a PowerPoint as well as one presentation in English (with the possible exception of the Panel 1). Moreover, the Q&A will be in English and Spanish.

There is no cost for the event but registration is required .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and limited to academics, Cuba specialists, and related professionals.

More Information

Economic Transformation in Cuba

Monday, May 21, 2012
8:45AM - 6:00PM

The Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

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