Business Persons of the U.S. and Latin America Take an Interest in Cuba

Havana, Cuba, May 9.- Entrepreneurs from the U.S. and Latin America are greatly interested in investment opportunities in Cuba, asserted on Friday in Mexico Lina Pedraza, Minister of Finance and Prices of the island, the Prensa Latina news agency reported from that country.

The official represented Cuba at the World Economic Forum on Latin America that concluded today in Cancun, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, with the participation of presidents, business persons, academicians and civic leaders from over 40 nations.

In the plenary and bilateral meetings we have had, we found much interest in the process of updating of the Cuban model and enthusiasm about possibilities of investment, and even that this takes place fast, Pedraza stated in an interview with Prensa Latina, in which she referred to the willingness of U.S. entrepreneurs to accelerate their ties with Cuba.

We’ve been asked what to do and we have responded that they have to work in their country to speed up the end of the economic, financial and commercial blockade that the United States exerts against Cuba and that, in the case of U.S. companies, is still intact, she stressed.

The Cuban minister pointed out that the presentation of Cuba’s business portfolio was attended by hundreds of businessmen, which led to the designation of an adjoining room with closed circuit television.

We had the opportunity to contact the presidents of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto; Haiti, Michel Martelly; and Juan Carlos Varela, of Panama, who expressed messages of affection towards the Cuban people, she said.

She said that Peña Nieto, in his opening address at the meeting, highlighted the presence of Cuba and the willingness of his government to accompany the island in the process of economic changes.

Mexico has great interest in participating with Cuba in the tourism market, as well as in other sectors where we need foreign capital, pointed out the Cuban Minister of Finance and Prices.

Pedraza talked about her meeting with the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, Swiss economist Klaus Schwab, as well as with leaders of the forum that asked for Cuba’s participation in the organization of the next meeting.

She described as very positive the Cuban speech in this 10th edition of the World Economic Forum for Latin America, “where respect for Cuba prevailed and the interest of the Latin American and U.S. business persons in investment opportunities in Cuba,” she concluded.(acn)

Radio Cadena Agramonte, May 9, 2015

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