WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, a national coalition of private companies, organizations and local leaders, dedicated to dismantling the Cuban embargo, released the following statement on the deal signed between Google and Cuba to install multiple Google servers in Cuba, announced today by CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt:
"As Cuba continues to increase wifi hotspots on the island, there is a growing demand for content and faster internet speeds. The deal with Google will allow for increased activity and faster connections that will continue to benefit the Cuban people; in particular, the growing sector of Cuban entrepreneurs, or cuentapropistas, that relies heavily on access to internet to expand their private businesses. We applaud Google's efforts to help the Cuban people connect to the rest of the world.
"Additionally, an influx of American travelers to Cuba, which has contributed to rising expectations, is fostering change that is not only benefiting Americans traveling to Cuba, but also Cubans across the island. While this deal is a positive step forward, it's time for Congress to lift the embargo that is stifling technological and economic innovation on the island."
Just last week, over 100 Cuban entrepreneurs sent a letter to President-elect Trump, urging him to continue to strengthen U.S.-Cuba relations which have helped Cuba's private sector flourish. The letter cites increased access to internet, banking services and travel as the main catalysts for private sector growth on the island.
About Engage Cuba
Engage Cuba is the leading coalition of private companies and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba. As a 501(c)(4) bipartisan non-profit whose funds are entirely dedicated to advocacy efforts, Engage Cuba is the only organization whose focus is U.S.-Cuba legislative advocacy. Engage Cuba is also committed to supporting the Cuban people and helping organizations and businesses navigate Cuban and U.S. regulations. The organization has the largest bipartisan lobbying operation working on U.S.-Cuba policy. Together with the Engage Cuba Policy Council of renowned experts, EngageCuba provides timely updates on opportunities for U.S. business in Cuba, regulations, and market analysis. To get involved with Engage Cuba’s mission or learn more, visit: http://www.engagecuba.org.