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Cuba to close 2017 cigar harvest with nearly 30,000 tons of tobacco leaves

Cuba to close 2017 cigar harvest with nearly 30,000 tons of tobacco leaves Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-30 11:27:02 HAVANA, May 29 (Xinhua) — Cuba will conclude its current tobacco harvest with almost 30,000 tons of leaves, which is expected to increase incomes of one of the island’s main exports and have a positive impact on its […] Continue reading

Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops

Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops By Sarah Marsh | PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA Communist-led Cuba is struggling to maintain the supply of some premium cigar brands in the face of poor tobacco harvests and rising demand, industry experts said at its annual cigar festival. El Niño weather that brought excessive rains […] Continue reading

Cuba is reaching out to the world for foreign investors

Cuba is reaching out to the world for foreign investors BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com For $2.5 million, a foreign investor can help create an international equestrian club in the Province of Havana or plunk down $10 million to create a network of eco-lodges across the island with a Cuban partner. For an estimated investment of […] Continue reading

Richard Feinberg analyzes a Cuban economy in transition

Richard Feinberg analyzes a Cuban economy in transition BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Since the mid-1970s when he was a graduate student in international economics, Richard Feinberg, now a professor at the University of California San Diego, has been fascinated by the challenges of reforming centralized economies. He first focused on Eastern Europe but then spent […] Continue reading

Cuba opens to world at Havana trade fair but few U.S. companies arepresent

Cuba opens to world at Havana trade fair but few U.S. companies are present BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com HAVANA Despite the Obama administration’s efforts to build a new business relationship with Cuba, U.S. companies were far from center stage at the 34th Havana International Fair. The fair, which began Monday and runs through Friday, is […] Continue reading

Cuba’s development priorities in the new landscape

Cuba’s development priorities in the new landscape By Elena L. Pasquini @elenapasquini19 February 2016 Last month, the United States announced measures to further ease restrictions on Cuba — the latest in a series of amendments implemented since December 2014, when U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro divulged plans to resume diplomatic ties. […] Continue reading

The Figures Say It All

The Figures Say It All ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 4 Dic 2015 – 4:03 pm. In Cuba, private farmers, whether individuals or organized into cooperatives, only work 23.4% of the country’s 6.3 million hectares of arable land, while the State owns the other 76.6%, or 4.8 million hectares, according to data from […] Continue reading

Exodus, ‘revision’ and doublespeak

Exodus, ‘revision’ and doublespeak ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 23 Nov 2015 – 8:50 pm. The unstoppable wave of Cubans leaving the island, the largest migratory stampede since the Mariel Boatlift in 1980, is the most vivid illustration of the failure of the “revision of the socialist economic model,” dramatically discrediting those who […] Continue reading

When the sanctions come off

When the sanctions come off Foreign businesses eye new frontiers. But many obstacles lie in their way Jul 25th 2015 | HAVANA AND TEHRAN | From the print edition IF THE lobbies of Tehran’s more expensive hotels are any guide, the rush is already on. Six months ago they sported only the odd Chinese businessman. […] Continue reading

Cuba Exports Millions in Marabou Coal

Cuba Exports Millions in Marabou Coal February 4, 2015 By Daniel Benitez  (Cafe Fuerte) HAVANA TIMES — The once-hated marabou brush has become something of a commodity as a source of raw material for some Cuban farmers, who are using the plant to produce vegetable coal and export it to European countries for millions of […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Economy – An Overview

Cuba’s Economy: An Overview By Greg McFarlane | January 09, 2015 It only took five-plus decades, but Cuba has begun intermittent steps toward joining the world community and putting a dent in the collectivism that turned one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant economies into a static charity case of historic duration. Before La Revolución, Cuba […] Continue reading

Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany

Lessons Cuba Can Learn From East Germany BY DIANA VILLIERS NEGROPONTE 1/5/15 AT 5:02 PM The transformation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR or East Germany) has important lessons for Cuba as the island opens up to increased banking, agriculture and telecommunications exchange with the U.S. But there is a major difference: The GDR liberalized […] Continue reading

German firms explore investment in Cuba

German firms explore investment in Cuba The Cuban government has unveiled a raft of investment projects in hopes to attract foreign capital. But German firms criticize the lack of support from their government, DW’s Andreas Knobloch writes from Havana. Now that Cuba’s economy has made steps to open up to foreign capital, the island’s communist […] Continue reading

125 Leaders Urge UN: Investigate Cuba Dissident’s Death

125 Leaders Urge UN: Investigate Cuba Dissident’s Death Tuesday, 23 July 2013, 2:54 pm Press Release: UN WatchOne Year After Suspicious Death of Cuba’s Top Dissident, 125 Leaders Urge U.N. to Investigate First Time: Appeal Filed As Official Submission to U.N. Human Rights Council, Will Appear On Agenda of September Session Signatories include Archbishop Desmond […] Continue reading

Cuba Shows Beginnings of Free Enterprise—Sort of

Cuba Shows Beginnings of Free Enterprise—Sort of Published: Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 10:03 AM ET By: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera | CNBC Chief International Correspondent HAVANA, Cuba—In a rare demonstration of openness, the Cuban government invited a group of business journalists to Cuba this week for a show-and-tell about changes it’s making to the Cuban economy. […] Continue reading
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