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Press Release

Sponsored By:
The World Policy Institute
The City of Mobile
Alabama State Port Authority
Gulf Coast Regional Chamber Coalition
Cuba Trade Coalition
AlaCaribe Initiative, Inc.
Mobile Airport Port Authority
Page & Jones, Inc.
Riverview Plaza Hotel
Americans For Humanitarian Trade With Cuba


Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco’s March 2005 trade mission to Cuba highlights the interest Southern states have in increased trade and interaction with close geographic neighbor Cuba. Cuba was Louisiana and other Southern states’ top export market prior to the imposition of the embargo in 1960. Forty-five years later, these Southern communities remain blocked from this important natural trading partner.

To better inform this growing audience and to hear from new voices on the U.S. Cuba policy debate, the 2005 National Summit on Cuba will be held at the Mobile Convention Center and Spring Hill College on Friday, June 10-11 in Mobile, Alabama.

The Mobile Summit will present diverse, nationally recognized speakers on current U.S.- Cuba commercial relations and policy. While this Summit will focus on the impact of the U.S.-Cuba estrangement on the American South and present fresh data on past and potential future trade, we will also educate our audience on the broader factors inherent in the ongoing policy debate. Past Summits have provided audiences with a lively learning experience and exchange.

AGENDA

some confirmations pending

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2005
8:00 Continental Breakfast / Registration at Mobile Convention Center
8:45 Welcoming Statement: Mobile Mayor Michael Dow
8:55 Summit Moderator: Michael Marshall, Editor, Mobile Register
9:00 PERSPECTIVES ON THE U.S. CUBA RELATIONSHIP
Moderator, Sonny Callahan,
former U.S. Representative (R-AL)
A Brief History of U.S.- Cuba Relations
Wayne Smith, PhD, former Chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy
Goals and Methods: The View from the Bush Administration
U.S. State Department Representative
Cuba Policy and U.S. Leadership in a Changing Latin America
The Honorable William D. Rogers, former Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, Vice Chair, Kissinger Associates
Cuba Policy and Global Business Relations
Robert Muse, Esq., Muse & Associates
Congress and U.S. Government Restrictions on American Travel to Cuba
U.S. Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) House Cuba Working Group*
The Dynamics of the Cuban American Community
Silvia Wilhelm, President, Cuban American Commission on Family Rights
National Security
General Edward Atkenson, U.S. Army (ret.)
Senior Fellow, Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army
10:30 CUBA AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH
Moderator: Winthrop M. Hallett III, President,
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
The Economic Impact
Semoon Chang, PhD, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research,
University of South Alabama
Southern Agriculture and Cuba
Ron Sparks, Alabama Secretary of Agriculture
Challenges and Opportunities for the State of Florida
Tim Lynch, PhD, Director, Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis, Florida State University with John Parke Wright III, the Florida Cuba Business Council
The Special Case of Louisiana
Mike Olivier, Secretary of Economic Development, Louisiana
Cuba and Mississippi’s Future
Don Allee, Mississippi Trade Development Council with Lloyd Moore, Mississippi Black Farmers and Agriculturists
Texas Politics and the Story Behind the 2001 Texas State Resolution Calling for the Normalization of Trade Relations With Cuba
Ruben Bonilla, Chairman of the Corpus Christi Port Authority
12:00 Break for Lunch
12:35 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Introduction: U.S. Representative Jo Bonner (R-AL)
Special guest to be announced
1:30 NEW COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH CUBA
Moderator: Buffy Donlon, Cuba Trade Coalition
Who is Doing Business With Cuba and Why
Kirby Jones, President, U.S.-Cuba Trade Association
U.S. Food Distribution in Cuba: Rice From U.S. Farms to Cuban Plates
Marvin Lehrer, U.S.A Rice Federation
Ports, Shippers and Our Cuban Counterparts
Maria Conchita Mendez, Port of Mobile
Jay Brickman, Crowley Liner Services, Jacksonville, Florida
A Cuban Perspective on Trade with the U.S.
Pedro Alvarez, Director, Alimport, Cuba (via video and teleconferencing)
2:30 THE REALITY OF CUBA TODAY
Jay Higginbotham, Mobile Municipal Archive
Current Economy and Trends for the Future
Emily Morris, Cuba Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit, London
New Developments in Cuban Mining and Oil Exploration
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Medical Industry, Biotechnology and Healthcare in Cuba
Peter Bourne, Chairman, Medical Education in Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), former Special Health Adviser to President Carter
The Tourism Industry
Miguel Figueras, Senior Advisor, Cuban Ministry of Tourism (via video and teleconferencing)
4:00 OPTIONS FOR FUTURE POLICY
A Conservative Alternative to the Bush Policy
Philip Peters, the Lexington Institute,
former U.S. State Department Official under President Reagan
5:00 SUMMIT RECEPTION

* appearances by elected officials working in Washington may depend on voting schedules in Congress

DAY TWO

The second day of National Summit programming on Saturday,June 11, 2005 will be held at at historic Springhill College in Mobile,where attendees will explore the human dimensions of U.S. Cuba relations, starting with morning panels on religion in Cuba and how politics impacts the free exchange and _expression of faith. Afternoon panels will present on the rich history of relations between the U.S. South and Cuba. Several cultural events, including a Dixie Cuban fusion dance, art exhibits and other activities are being planned in conjunction with the Mobile Summit, check website updates for details and additional summit Supporters.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2005
Byrne Memorial Hall, Spring Hill College 4000 Dauphin Street, Mobile
CUBA : RELIGION AND THE CONTEXT OF HUMAN VALUES
9:00 Invocation: Mobile Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb
Welcome: Dr. Gregory Lucey, President, Spring Hill College
9:30 RELIGION AND HUMAN VALUES IN CUBA TODAY
Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre, Professor, University of the Virgin Islands
Elder Nell Johnson, St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church, New Orleans
10:00 THE MEANING OF ELIAN
Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Director of Religion, Chautauqua Institute,
Former General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ of the USA
10:45 RECONCILING THE BROKEN CUBAN FAMILY
Siliva Wilhelm, President, Cuban American Commission on Family Rights and Luly Duke, Fundacion Amistad
11:15 THE MORAL UNDERPINNINGS OF ENGAGEMENT
Katrin Hansing, Havana, Cuba
11:30: Lunch: Spring Hill College Restaurant
1:00 THE HISTORICAL TIES BETWEEN THE GULF COAST AND CUBA
Moderator: Fr. Christopher Viscardi
Romualdo Gonzlez, New Orleans, Louisiana
Dr. Lawrence Clayton, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Dr. Robert Schaefer, University of Mobile
HISTORICAL TOUR OF MOBILE: Led by Jay Higginbotham
2:30-3:15 Fort Conde
3:15-4:30 Museum of Mobile with George Ewert

Registration Information: Admission $100 includes two-day seminar participation, breakfast and lunch on Friday and a Friday evening cocktail reception and cultural event

To Register: Make check payable to:
World Policy Institute:Mobile Summit 2005
Mail to: World Policy Institute: Mobile Summit 2005
New School University
66 Fifth Avenue,Suite 900
New York, New York 10011
Phone: Call 212.229.5808 ext 4268. Follow line secure prompt for credit card registration

ARTHUR R. OUTLAW
MOBILE CONVENTION CENTER
One South Water Street
Mobile Alabama 36602

SPRING HILL COLLEGE
4000 Dauphin Street
Mobile, Alabama 36608

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The Official Hotel for the National Summit on Cuba is the Riverview Plaza Hotel 64 South Water St., Mobile, Alabama 36602. For reservations please call (251) 438 4000 after April 15 for rooms held for the National Summit on Cuba. Room rate is $129.

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