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Posted April 02, 2003 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) expects
to provide $1 million in funding for the University of Miami’s Cuba
Transition Project (CTP), according to USAID Assistant Administrator
for Latin America and the Caribbean Adolfo Franco.

The CTP, now in its second year, is a pioneer academic program that
conducts research regarding multiple issues affecting Cuba’s
transition to democracy. Its mission is to prepare and support Cuba’s
democratic transition in a post-Castro era.

In its first year, the CTP has concentrated on identifying and
assessing the challenge that a democratic transition will face in a
post-Castro Cuba.

In a March 26 USAID press release Franco indicated that the decision
to fund the program for a second year reflects the Bush
administration’s commitment to democratic transition in Cuba.

“President Bush is committed to helping the people of Cuba achieve
freedom. We are confident that Cuba will soon enjoy the blessings of
democracy,” Franco said. He added, “The U.S. government is proud to
continue support to the vital Cuba Transition Program underway at the
University of Miami. The analysis now being produced should make a
significant contribution to shaping assistance to a future transition
government in Cuba.”

Following is the text of the USAID press release:

USAID Announces New Funding for Cuba Transition Project at the
University of Miami

Project Helps Advance President Bush’s Policy Towards Cuba

Miami, FL - Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator for Latin
America and the Caribbean of the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID), today announced that USAID will continue to
provide funding to the University of Miami for the second year of
their Cuba Transition Project (CTP), a pioneer academic program that
conducts research regarding multiple issues affecting Cuba’s
transition to democracy. USAID provided 1 million dollars in funding
for the first year of the project and expects to provide 1 million
dollars for the second year. $500,000 of second-year funding has been
provided.

“President Bush is committed to helping the people of Cuba achieve
freedom. We are confident that Cuba will soon enjoy the blessings of
democracy,” said Mr. Franco.

“The U.S. government is proud to continue support to the vital Cuba
Transition Program underway at the University of Miami. The analysis
now being produced should make a significant contribution to shaping
assistance to a future transition government in Cuba,” he added.

“We are delighted that USAID has extended this grant for a second
year. It is an important recognition of the quality of the work being
done by the Cuba Transition Project,” said Dr. Jaime Suchlicki,
Director of the University’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban American
Studies, who spearheads the project.

The mission of the CTP is to prepare and support Cuba’s democratic
transition in a post-Castro era. In its first year, the CTP has
concentrated on identifying and assessing the challenge that a
democratic transition will face in a post-Castro Cuba. It is
developing six databases to offer significant information regarding
topics such as foreign investment in Cuba—specifically joint
ventures, risk contracts, management contracts on the island; existing
treaties and accords entered into by the Cuban government; and the
number and identities of political prisoners in Castro’s prisons.

Additionally, the CTP publishes electronically a weekly information
bulletin, Cuba Focus, reporting on issues of importance in Cuba. All
the products of the CTP, including the research studies, the databases
and past issues are available on line at .

The CTP will continue its research studies and will concentrate its
efforts this coming year in training and education of the judiciary to
function as an independent branch of government. In addition, the CTP
will focus on the development of a new commercial code, law of
corporations and commercial banking; and the establishment of economic
and financial institutions to support market led development.

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