Organization says MS could play large part in trade with Cuba

Fox 6 - Gulfport, MS

By: Doug Walker

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A newly formed trade advocacy organization called Engage Cuba paid a visit to the coast Wednesday. The group’s president said this is the dawning of a new age for the State of Mississippi.

Now that the federal government has loosened restrictions on travel and commerce between the United States and Cuba, it's time for Mississippi to join the ranks.

Several coast business leaders also attended the event. They say Cuba needs what Mississippi has to offer.

The Magnolia State is heavy into agriculture, and Cuba imports 80 percent of its food. That's just one of many opportunities they say exists.

The Port of Gulfport could also play a major role in any trade ties with Cuba in the future. Port Director Jonathan Daniels has travel to Cuba and says that government wants to do business with America and Mississippi.

For those who say this country should not be dealing with a communist regime, Engage Cuba officials have an answer. They say US policies over the past 55 years have not worked to evoke change in Cuba, so it's time to try a new approach.