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Posted August 31, 2004 by publisher in US Embargo

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U.S. Business & Political Leaders To Convene in Tampa, October 8, 2004

The National Summit on Cuba, an educational forum where national leaders discuss the state of current U.S.-Cuba relations, will be held on October 8, 2004. This day-long conference will take place at the University of Tampa’s historic Plant Hall in Tampa, Florida’s emerging political and economic bellwether region.

The National Summit on Cuba will provide a comprehensive national assessment of U.S. business’ experiences with commercial relations with Cuba under the Trade Sanctions Reform Act approved by Congress in 2000. The Summit will explore how this recent commercial relationship has impacted American communities, particularly Gulf Coast communities, and Cuba itself. The Summit will present a bipartisan and balanced assessment of how U.S.-Cuba policy impacts national interest.

“Tremendous opportunities exist for Florida and Gulf Coast businesses interested in exploring trade with Cuba. The Summit provides an opportunity for these businesses to learn about current trade opportunities, to analyze the effectiveness of the trade and to seek ways to improve trade policy in the coming years,” said Antonio Zamora, director of the Florida-Cuba Business Council, one of the Summit sponsors.

“The commercial interest, combined with the rapid and fundamental changes occurring within the Cuban American population and the near elimination of family travel, make Cuba a key crossover issue in a battleground state.”

The Summit will present 30 speakers including: U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho); U.S. Representatives William Delahunt (D-MA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Butch Otter (R-ID); (Ret) General John Sheehan, former Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in charge of Guantanamo Bay during the last refugee crisis; Ambassador Pete Peterson, the first U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and a former Florida Congressman; FC Stone, Crowley Liner Services, diplomats, chambers of commerce, and port authority representatives among other distinguished speakers. FOX National News Anchor Rita Cosby will moderate the day’s program.

Speakers from the Bush/Cheney and Kerry/Edwards campaigns and the Florida U.S. Senate campaigns are also expected to discuss party distinctions on Cuba at the Summit.

The National Summit on Cuba is cosponsored by the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation, Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba, the Florida-Cuba Business Council and the World Policy Institute at New School University. Organizers expect approximately 300 attendees from across the nation representing the private sector, and local, state, and federal governments.

“We are excited that The National Summit on Cuba has chosen Tampa for this important conference,” said Arthur Savage, President of A.R. Savage & Son and chair of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Cuba Task Force. “Cuba presents an incredible opportunity for Tampa Bay, Florida and our nation.”

For a full agenda and registration information, please visit our website at http://www.nationalsummitoncuba.org

Contact:  Lisa Crowell
    Office: (813) 228-0652, ext. 104
    Cell: (813) 695-8662

  1. Follow up post #1 added on August 31, 2004 by Jesus Perez

    Hopefully these business and political leaders will come to the realization that dialogue and trade is a much better option than isolation. I believe most of them do already, if only the people that make policy would have the same vision.


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