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Former Secretary Gutierrez joins Cuban and Cuban American Studies

Posted February 22, 2009 by publisher in Cuban Americans.
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University of Miami Cuba Transition Project email

The Honorable Carlos Gutiérrez, former Secretary of Commerce under the George W. Bush administration, has been named a non-resident scholar at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS).

Gutierrez will be based in Washington, D.C. and from there will help ICCAS’ Cuba Business Roundtable (CBR), an ongoing program that recruits businesses who are interested in information and professional advice on Cuba to be ready to do business in a post-embargo, post-Castro Cuba. He will also serve as keynote speaker in ICCAS’ Cuba Transition Project seminars in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Canada.   

“Secretary Gutierrez is a highly successful captain of industry,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. “His experience in government and his extensive knowledge of global business challenges will enhance ICCAS’s resources and help in developing important partnerships.” 

“The Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami is doing top-notch work on Cuba Transition issues and I am honored to join them in their work,” said Gutierrez.

Cuban-born Gutierrez served in President Bush’s cabinet from 2005-2008 overseeing a department of 38,000 workers and a $6.5 billion budget. He also served as co-chair for the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba where he advocated for a policy of helping the Cuban people hasten their quest to gain freedom from oppression. Prior to his cabinet service, Gutierrez served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Kellogg Company.

“We are very fortunate that such a distinguished and experienced dignitary will join our ranks,’’ said Jaime Suchlicki, ICCAS director.  “The issue of Cuba is very important to him. His help will be invaluable.” 

Member Comments

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On February 22, 2009, publisher wrote:

The Bush policy on Cuba was a complete failure and Secretary Gutierrez has ZERO effect on the Cuban government.

“Cuba Business Roundtable (CBR), an ongoing program that recruits businesses who are interested in information and professional advice on Cuba to be ready to do business in a post-embargo, post-Castro Cuba.”

Really? How does a policy of non-engagement from a group of people who do not go to Cuba offer professional advice to businesses?

“He also served as co-chair for the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba where he advocated for a policy of helping the Cuban people hasten their quest to gain freedom from oppression.”

A useless failure.

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On February 22, 2009, bernie wrote:

This guy Gutierez will never get off of welfare he he can help it?????

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On February 23, 2009, paul wrote:

I prefer that “failure” than extending an economic arm to the Castro Mafia so they can continue funneling money and goods into the pockets of nomenklatura and military officers.

Cuba bought more than 700 million in goods from the United States in 2008, but the country is still the same. You think traveling there will bring a “gushing flow of democracy through tourists”? not at all. Castro and his minions are incredibly smart, and know that whatever they are requesting of the United States, will not harm their political system.

If Castro wants American tourists, let em have them. All this is going to do is fill the island with agents, just like Cuba does with the 20,000 per year visa program (not implying that this is everyone). I would not set foot in Communist Cuba, knowing that my money is feeding a repressive society with a great PR campaign.