New Mexico State Council
Jeff V. Lopez
President, NM Cattle Growers Association
Alex O. Romero
President and CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
Board President, Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Raymond G. Sandoval
President, Santa Fe Hispano Chamber of Commerce
Santa Fe Council on International Relations
Paul J. Gessing
President, Rio Grande Foundation
Former Peace Corps Volunteer & Artist
INTERIM DIRECTOR, MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART
President, CEO, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Former US Ambassador to Mali
Navajo Agriculture Products Industry
Governor Gary Pyne
Pueblo of Picuris
Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe
President, Santa Fe Business Incubator
Superintendent, Cuba Independent School District
Vicki M. Nelson
Associate Director for Business Operations, UNM Latin America and Iberian Institute
Gil Vigil Executive Director/Tribal Council Member, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council Inc
NEW MEXICO'S CHAMPIONS
A New Mexico coalition of advocates and business leaders has launched a bipartisan council aimed at promoting trade with Cuba. The Engage Cuba New Mexico State Council, made up of agriculture, energy and American Indian representatives, wants to lift travel and trade restrictions on the communist island amid opening relations with the U.S. Engage Cuba president James Williams says potential trade with Cuba would provide exciting opportunities for New Mexico's agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
Radio Cadena Agramonte/Radio Reloj: Engage Cuba, U.S. Senator Udall, and State leaders Launch New Mexico State Council
Engage Cuba, a leading coalition of private companies and organizations working to lift Washington's travel and trade restrictions on Cuba, has joined state leaders to launch the bipartisan Engage Cuba New Mexico State Council. U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), who has been a leader in expanding access to U.S. telecommunications and internet in Cuba, attended the launch as well.
Albuquerque journal: Group pushing trade with Cuba launches in NM
The Washington, D.C.-based Engage Cuba Coalition on Wednesday added New Mexico to its roster of states with a local council supporting an end to the 56-year-old trade embargo against Cuba. New Mexico is now the 13th state to form a local support council for the bipartisan Engage Cuba, which seeks to build support for lifting travel and trade restrictions while encouraging more interaction between the island nation and U.S. businesses and community leaders.
A U.S. Senator from New Mexico is working to open trade and travel with Cuba. On Wednesday, he will speak at a panel discussion to launch a new statewide effort. Sen. Tom Udall has been working on legislation to lift the travel and trade embargo with Cuba. On Wednesday, he will join “Engage Cuba,” a nationwide organization also working on those efforts. Engage Cuba is a bipartisan non-profit. They work with American businesses and organizations to travel to Cuba and provide the latest regulation information.
SANTA FE REPORTER: CAN NEW MEXICO LEAD U.S. RELATIONS WITH CUBA?
A lawmaker wants New Mexico to take immediate advantage of the United States' newly opened relationship with Cuba. State Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Bernalillo, says he wants to see New Mexico become Cuba's "favored state" by establishing the first Cuban trade office in the nation. That includes becoming the country's commercial hub for popular Cuban items like rum and cigars. "It's really to position New Mexico as moving forward with state relations with Cuba," Garcia says. His bill would use $25,000 from the general fund to establish the trade office under the state Economic Development Department. A director for the trade office would be appointed by the department secretary, currently Jon Barela. The director of the office would "promote trade between New Mexico businesses and Cuba, including identifying potential partners and buyers in Cuba, assisting with marketing goods and services to Cuba, assessing the potential of Cuban markets and accompanying New Mexico businesses and government officials to meetings in Cuba.
ABC NEWS (AP): FLAKE, UDALL WORKING TO OPEN CUBAN TRAVEL, TRADE
U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Tom Udall of New Mexico pledge to continue working to open U.S. travel to Cuba and trade with the island country. Flake and Udall just returned from a three-day Senate Foreign Relations Committee trip to Cuba. During the visit, the senators met with Cuban officials and religious and business leaders to discuss the impacts of the embargo and travel restrictions on American and Cuban families. Udall says "the time is right to rebuild business and cultural ties" between the countries.
ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL: HOUSE PANEL EYES STATE CUBAN TRADE OFFICE
New Mexico House panel is set to discuss a proposal that would create a state Cuban Trade Office. The House Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee is scheduled Wednesday to debate the bill sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia. Under the proposal, the office would identify potential buyers in Cuba for New Mexico goods and services. The office also would assist New Mexico businesses with marketing in Cuba. President Barack Obama recently loosened the Cold War-era trade embargo with a range of measures designed to increase economic ties with Cuba and increase the number of Cubans who don’t depend on the communist state for their livelihoods.
ABC ALBUQUERQUE: CUBAN CIGARS COULD SOON BE AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.
A thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba could lead to a greater availability of Cuban cigars. Matt Monte knows almost every cigar in his humidor -- and he should. Monte's family has sold cigars in Albuquerque for decades, but in all those years, they've never been able to ring up a Cuban cigar. "People, even now, don't know about the embargo, and they're constantly calling for Cuban cigars," Monte said. Cuban cigars are famous around the world. They're often described as perfect, and plenty of attention goes into making them. "It's still a hand-rolled product. From the seed to the ash, that cigar is going to touch about 300 sets of hands," Monte said.