Two Mass. Congressmen explore medical sector opportunities in Cuba

State House News Service

Two members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation are back from a trip to Cuba where they joined four U.S. senators and a host of other Bay State officials to explore medical sector economic development possibilities.

Congressmen James McGovern and Seth Moulton participated in the trip, attending meetings with representatives from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and the Washington Office on Latin America, who jointly sponsored a delegation from Harvard Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic University, UMass Memorial Hospital, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Chicago Foods International, and Takeda Oncology.

Members of the Cuba Working Group are backing legislation that would allow U.S. businesses to trade with Cuba without restrictions, allow U.S. telecommunications and internet companies to provide services to Cuba, and allow all U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba. According to McGovern’s office, Senate committees have approved bills lifting travel and trade restrictions while the U.S. House has been “more reticent to move U.S. policy forward.”

Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Tom Udall of New Mexico were also on the trip.

In August 2015, McGovern joined former Secretary of State John Kerry in Havana for the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.

Worcester Business Journal, February 27, 2017

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