U.S.-Cuba Business Council Activated in Washington

Washington, Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) The Chambers of Commerce of the United States and Cuba created here a Business Council to build a trade relation between both countries that includes business links and the identification of opportunities, informed today the Cuban embassy here.

In a press release, the venue reproduces statements of the presidents of both institutions, announcing this is part of the process of rapprochement between Havana and Washington activated since last December 17, that led in July to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies.

According to the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Donohue, this Council will work to guarantee that both nations benefit from trade,

Investment and economic cooperation.

His Cuban counterpart, Orlando Hernandez, highlighted the potentialities of ties that to become real need the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island for over half a century.

In that regard, he recalled that the U.S. siege is the main obstacle to the development of trade relations between both countries, thus the importance of lifting those restrictions.

“Whatever the future scenario, the Cuba-United States Business Council has before it a great task: that of working to normalize bilateral trade relations,” stressed Hernandez.

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