WASHINGTON – Today, Engage Cuba President James Williams released the following statement on the announcement that the Cuban government will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses.
"We are very encouraged by the announcement that Cuba will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses. Significant expansion of private enterprise in Cuba will open the doors for economic growth for the Cuban people," President of Engage Cuba James Williams said. "This major step forward is yet another example of how increased engagement between our two countries is leading to changes in Cuba. As Cuba continues to make reforms, it's time for Congress to lift the travel and trade embargo to empower the Cuban people."
ATLANTA, GA. – Today, leading advocacy organization Engage Cuba launched a Georgia State Council to build support across the state to end the travel and trade embargo with Cuba. The council, which is made up of prominent business, agricultural, port, and community leaders, seeks to expand trade with Cuba in order to provide opportunities for Georgia businesses and empower the Cuban people.
WASHINGTON – Today Engage Cuba, the leading coalition of private businesses and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, released a comprehensive report on the benefits that increased agriculture trade between the U.S. and Cuba could bring to six states: Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, and North Dakota. The report, released in conjunction with the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), is the second analysis by Engage Cuba on the state specific benefits that U.S. agribusiness stands to gain in future trade agreements with Cuba.
“This historic decision by the Cuban government truly showcases the power of engagement. This major change would not have been possible if we had continued a failed isolationist policy. Now that Cuba has changed its travel policy, it is time for Congress to finally lift the travel ban so all Americans can travel freely."
WASHINGTON – Today, Engage Cuba, the leading coalition of private companies and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba announced Cleber LLC, an Alabama-based tractor company, will join the Engage Cuba Business Council. Cleber was the first American company to receive a contract to build a factory in Cuba
LITTLE ROCK – Today, Engage Cuba, the leading coalition of private businesses and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, launched its Arkansas State Council at a press conference co-sponsored by USA Rice. The Arkansas State Council is comprised of agribusiness, community, and academic leaders committed to engaging with Cuba through diplomacy and trade.
“Under the leadership of Governor Asa Hutchinson, Senator John Boozman and Representative Rick Crawford, Arkansas is ground zero for our efforts to lift the travel ban and trade embargo," saidJames Williams, President of Engage Cuba.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome AH&LA to Engage Cuba. AH&LA is the industry leader in hospitality and a powerful voice calling for an end to the Cuban embargo and travel ban,” said James Williams, President of Engage Cuba. “Regulatory changes can keep the Cuban embargo intact for only so long. Engage Cuba and its allies are working on the ground now to ensure that when the embargo and travel ban are lifted, there is a strong infrastructure on the Island to allow the American hospitality industry to enter a new market and thrive.”
MINNEAPOLIS – Today, Engage Cuba, the leading coalition of private businesses and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, launched its Minnesota State Council at an event co-sponsored by Global Minnesota. The Minnesota Council is comprised of agribusiness, community leaders, major corporations and academic leaders who have joined together to support a new relationship between the United States and Cuba. These leaders believe this new relationship will benefit local businesses and support the Cuban people. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer, both of whom recently returned from a historic trip to Cuba as part of President Obama’s U.S. delegation, joined the launch of the Minnesota State Council.
“Like Alabama-based Cleber LLC, which will be the first U.S. manufacturer in Cuba, the Alabama legislature is sending a loud and clear message that Alabama is paving the way for a new relationship with the Cuban people. Lifting the embargo and expanding commerce opportunities will benefit Alabama businesses and help improve the lives of the Cuban people. It is time for Washington to listen to the majority of Americans and Cubans to end the embargo. Engage Cuba applauds this significant step forward from the Alabama leadership.”
“This historic deal between Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line and Cuba is a perfect example of how the earth has moved in relations between our two countries. We are seeing a monumental shift in not only U.S.-Cuba relations, but a new chapter being written between Miami's Cuban-American community and the people of Cuba. Engage Cuba is proud to support its members like Carnival Cruise Lines who have made it clear that a new relationship is good for both the American and Cuban people."