Washington & Cuba IN THE NEWS
Seattle Times (Opinion): The U.S. and Cuba have so much to gain from mutual engagement
The consequences of the failed embargo and blockade policy and congressional acts are seriously detrimental to both countries. The reversal of President Barack Obama’s softening of relations by President Donald Trump will only lead Cuba toward other partnerships with Europe, Russia and China.
More import are the potential benefits to both of our countries:
Cuba imports nearly 60-80 percent of its food and can open a $2 billion agricultural market with the U.S. In a first major overture from Congress in 20 years, the 2018 Farm Bill provides for a new opening for agricultural trade with Cuba.
Cuba wants clean energy and needs $3.5 billion to develop it.
Cuba’s preventive- and primary-care systems are a model health-care system in the world — drugs to treat cancer and diabetes fail to reach U.S. markets.
Cuba is positioned with its higher-education system to become an innovation hub in the important Caribbean region.
San Francisco Chronicle: Washington laments loss of ag trade with Cuba
The aisle of a Havana grocery store is lined with shelf after shelf of cheddar-flavored Pringles. At the deli counter, there are dozens of boxes of frozen fish sticks. Down another aisle, a brand of baby wipes fill the shelves. The produce section, meanwhile, is almost bare. A few bags of frozen fruits and vegetables sit in a glass case.
San Francisco Chronicle: Lt. Gov. Owen, others, plan trade mission to Cuba
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's office announced Friday that he is planning to lead a trade mission to Cuba in September. Ken Camp, Owen's chief of staff, said in an email that the trip is planned for September 4-10 and that more than a dozen people will be part of the delegation.