Statement from Engage Cuba on U.S. Commerce Secretary’s Trip to Cuba
Engage Cuba President James Williams issued the following statement following U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker’s travel to Cuba today:
“Secretary Pritzker’s visit to Cuba is a positive development that will strengthen the unprecedented momentum in U.S.-Cuba relations. It is a historic trip and and sends a strong signal that the U.S. is committed to the economic development of the Cuban people.
We expect that Secretary Pritzker will have substantial conversations about the opportunities and challenges surrounding travel and trade between our countries. We also hope she will meet with the burgeoning community of private entrepreneurs on the Island, which some estimate is as high as 40 percent of the workforce.
Despite the impressive advances these Cuban entrepreneurs have made, they continue to face significant obstacles due to the U.S. embargo and travel ban, as well as restrictions from their own government.
While we applaud this trip, it is absurd that U.S. policy prohibits our own Secretary of Commerce from promoting American exports during her trip to Cuba. Congress should do its job and lift the embargo to better empower businesses in both countries.”