Tag Archives: economic reforms

April 21, 2015

U.S. cancer center, software firm reach deals in Cuba

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — A U.S. cancer research center and a software company reached agreements with Cuban partners during a two-day trade mission to Cuba led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the first trip of its kind since the rapprochement between the longtime adversaries. The Roswell Park Cancer Center of Buffalo, New… read more »

April 19, 2015

Seeking Business, Cuomo Heads to Cuba With a New York Trade Delegation

Susanne Craig, The New York Times — When the United States opened the door for agricultural trade with Cuba more than a decade ago, Ward Dobbins went to Havana to market his Red Delicious apples, fresh from upstate New York. Working out of a tiny trade-show booth, he signed a contract to… read more »

April 16, 2015

Sprint unit launches prepaid cell-phone service to Cuba

David Adams and Francisco Alvarado, Reuters — Boost Mobile, part of Sprint Corp, on Thursday launched a prepaid plan for U.S. consumers calling and texting Cuba, taking advantage of new, relaxed U.S. commercial regulations with the Communist-run island nation. The Obama administration’s new Cuban policy regulations approved by the Treasury and Commerce departments… read more »

April 14, 2015

Cuba fights public anger with reform in country’s tense east

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — Two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy trashed Cuba’s second-largest city, 35-year-old Melba Martinez is still out of work and struggling to feed two children on her state ration book and a daily hustle for extra rice or cooking oil. “There’s no work, no… read more »

April 2, 2015

An Uber for Cuba?

Scott Norvell, The Huffington Post — A couple of enterprising young men in Cuba have launched the closest thing the island will have to Uber for the time being — (Translated, “I will take you”). It’s simply a way of contacting an organized community of drivers via email at… read more »

April 2, 2015

AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — The popular online home-rental service Airbnb is allowing American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year. For a half-century, the U.S. trade… read more »

March 30, 2015

Pritzker: U.S. business can be at the forefront of change in Cuba

Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Monday that she is planning a trip to Cuba as soon as diplomatic ties are renewed and that trading with the island can involve the U.S. business community in “positive change” in Cuba. Pritzker gave the keynote address… read more »

March 30, 2015

Cuba aims to ramp up Internet access: U.S. State Department official

David Adams, Reuters — Cuba, a few decades late to the Internet era, is committed to getting the web into 50 percent of its households by 2020, as well as achieving 60 percent mobile phone access, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Monday. Cuba has one of the lowest Internet… read more »

March 24, 2015

US removes dozens of Cuban companies from blacklist

Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press — The Obama administration has removed dozens of Cuban companies from a U.S. blacklist of terror supporters and narcotics traffickers, another step in the two countries’ process to improve relations. The Treasury Department made the announcement Tuesday. Several of the firms are connected to Cuba’s… read more »

March 17, 2015

Cruise line leaders have sights on Cuba

Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel — Cruise lines are looking to send their ships to Cuba as soon as general tourism is allowed, executives said Tuesday at the industry’s biggest annual convention in Miami Beach. Travel to Cuba has been loosened under new U.S. regulations, but it remains limited to 12… read more »