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Sony music signs with EGREM

HAVANA, Sept.16 (Havana Times) Sony Music Entertainment and the Empresa de Grabaciones y Ediciones Musicales(EGREM) signed a historical agreement on Tuesday in Havana that will allow many Cuban musicians and recordings to enter the international market through the wide door of the US music industry. Cuban music made and recorded on the island since 1960 […]

Havana to host World Tourism Organization meeting in 2016

HAVANA,  Sep 16 (acn) When Cuba’s popularity grows in the global tourism market; this Caribbean island was elected venue of the 60th meeting of UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas, convened for May 2016. The Caribbean nation was chosen to host the important event, unanimously, in the framework of the UNWTO General Assembly, which runs […]

Top Obama officials visiting Havana this fall

HAVANA, Sept. 16  A small trade group focused on promoting American business ties with Cuba says Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker, and possibly Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, are planning to visit Cuba this fall. John Kavulich of the U.S. Cuba Trade and Economic Council said Pritzker’s travel to the island nation “perhaps” will take place […]

Lebanon looks to Havana

Cuba is opening up and Lebanon has planned its future HAVANA, Sept. 15 Cuba, famous for cigars, salsa dancing and Che Guevara, is now open for business! In the past year, Cuba has slowly been opening up to external markets and Lebanon is one of the first countries to have set foot on this territory. […]

PILAR regatta from Key West to Varadero in December

HAVANA, Sept 14 The dismantling of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba has brought with it a wave of opportunities for travelers and sports enthusiasts alike, among them the first offshore race between the countries in decades. The first annual Pilar Regatta will set sail from Key West, Fla., to Veradero, Cuba, Dec. 3, 2015. […]

President Obama Reauthorizes Cuba Listing On ‘Trading With the Enemy Act’

HAVANA, Sept 12  President Obama has reauthorized Cuba‘s listing on the Trading with the Enemy Act, a move that allows him to continue to use executive authority to improve ties with Cuba. Obama’s action follows a unilateral decision last December to re-establish diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, paving the way to embassies being […]

Cuba-U.S. commission defined agenda for normalizing relations

HAVANA, Sept. 12   The bilateral commission created by Cuba and the United States to advance the normalization of their ties concluded here Friday its first meeting in which it set the agenda for talks. Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said in a release that the meeting took place in “a professional, respectful and constructive climate,” adding […]

First meeting of US-Cuba commission to take place in Havana today

HAVANA, Sept. 11 (ACN)   The first meeting of the US-Cuba Bilateral Commission will take place on Friday in Havana to define an agenda to be considered following the reestablishment of bilateral relations between the two countries. According to Cuban television, the island’s delegation will be headed by the general director for the United States […]

‘Substantial progress’ in EU-Cuba talks

HAVANA, 11 Sept.   (AFP)   There has been “substantial progress” in talks in Havana on normalizing ties between the European Union and Cuba, the head of the EU delegation said. “There has been substantial progress, including in the areas of human rights, democracy and governance, and the remaining differences were narrowed even further,” said […]

Cuba pardons 3,522 prisoners ahead of Pope Francis visit

HAVANA, Sept, 11 (AFP) – Cuba’s government pardoned 3,522 prisoners, the most since the 1959 revolution, as a gesture of goodwill ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the communist island, the official daily Granma said Friday. Among those pardoned are people over 60 years old, younger than 20 years old with no criminal record, the […]

Cuba: The next real estate investment for Americans?

HAVANA, Sept. 10  It’s unclear how quickly Cuba’s economy will handle recent changes in diplomacy, but many feel it might become the best real estate investment for American entrepreneurs. Since Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959, the island nation was essentially shut off from American interests and investment. In some ways, Havana still exists […]

Habanarte Festival: For Hemingway’s Life in Cuba

HAVANA , Sep 10  (PL) The Habanarte Festival evokes the life of famous US writer Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, where he lived some 20 years and wrote various of his best known works. His house in Finca Vigia, Havana, hosts today foreign and domestic visitors participating in tours scheduled at the festival to visit places […]

Cuba’s tourists arrivals grew 17% till July

HAVANA, Sep 9 (acn) Cuban Minister of Tourism Manuel Marrero said amount of visitors has grown 17 percent so far this year, thanks to the favorable performance of the main source markets. The list of countries bringing more tourists to Cuba is topped by Canada, England, Spain, Mexico, France and Italy, reflecting the efforts of […]

Cuba changing university teaching methods to improve quality

HAVANA , Sep 9 (EFE)  Cuba’s Higher Education Ministry announced Tuesday a series of changes in its system of university education, aimed at improving “quality, performance and relevance” to give young people a better chance in the labor market after graduation, the island’s official media reported. The creation of a new teaching system, including shorter […]

Jorge Drexler to perform in Havana

HAVANA, Sept. 7  From September 28 to October 4 will take place in Havana the event “Meeting of Popular Voices”. The musical event, which will be chaired by the famous singer Argelia Fragoso will be held under the slogan “The voices that unite us” and will be organized by VP Productions and sponsored by the […]

Cuban religious leaders call prayer for peace

HAVANA, Sep 7  Cuban leaders of different religious denominations- Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists– called on the faithful to say a prayer for peace. The inter-religious, cultural event was held in Havana for the second consecutive year. During the ceremony, the Papal Nuncio in Cuba, Giorgio Lengua, read a message sent by Pope Francis on […]

Private sector employs 31% of young Cubans

HAVANA, Sept  7   Thirty-one percent of the young people employed in Cuba, more than 1.5 million people, worked in the private sector and the rest were in jobs in the state-run sector at the close of 2014, according to official figures published Sunday by local media. The head of employment in the Labor and […]

Spain wants to aid Cuba-U.S. relations

HAVANA, Sept. 5 (EFE) Spain wants to “facilitate to the maximum” relations between Cuba and the United States, the speaker of the lower house of Spain’s parliament, Jesus Posada, said Saturday in Havana, adding that his country will “do all it can” to smooth the path to normalization between the two countries. After hailing the […]

Deserted doctors welcome back in Cuba

Havana, Sept. 4 (AFP)  Cuba has decided to allow doctors who deserted while on foreign missions to return home without punishment or loss of position in the state health care system, the government said Friday. The action comes amid worries of a brain drain of Cuban medical professionals as Cuba loosens long-time restrictions on emigration. Doctors […]

4 sectors in Cuba that could be profitable for investors

HAVANA, Sept. 4 The resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba has pried open the door to business, and investing, opportunities previously closed to Americans. Although foreign businesses from Canada to Spain have been doing business on the island for some time, albeit warily—both because of the strictures imposed by the Cuban government and the potential […]

Carnival released more details on cruises to Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line offers more Cuba voluntourism cruise details while Iron Maiden leases a 747 for a world tour. HAVANA, Sept. 4 Carnival Cruise Line unveiled more details of their “Fathom” voluntourism cruises coming to Cuba and the Dominican Republic onboard the Adonia from May 1, 2016. In an announcement from the construction of their private […]

A Cuban cooperative hopes road to success is paved with spices

HAVANA, Sept. 3  (BY MIMI WHITEFIELD) When Carlos Fernández-Aballí and his fellow Cuban entrepreneurs were hatching a business plan, they knew they wanted their product to be sustainable, technology-driven and a substitute for something the island currently imports. To the group behind Sazón Purita, the road to riches seemed to be paved with garlic — […]

Cuban bank to offer loans to self-employed

HAVANA Sep 3 (acn) The emerging Cuban self-employed sector will have access to loans up to 10 thousand Cuban pesos to be granted by the Banco Popular de Ahorro (BPA), in a effort to boost the use of external sources of financing by them. Greicher La Nuez, business manager of the BPA, said this measure […]

MEO Australia enters Cuba’s oil production

HAVANA, Sept. 3  MEO Australia has executed the Cuba Block 9 Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with the national oil company Cuba Petróleo Union (CUPET) in a ceremony in Havana. The execution of the Block 9 PSC represents the culmination of over three years of negotiations between MEO and CUPET and is MEO’s first entry into […]

Cuba could import chicken and eggs from the Dominican Republic

HAVANA, Sep 2 (acn) The Dominican Republic could become a provider of chicken and eggs to Cuba and other Latin American nations after the country was given on Wednesday green light by the World Animal Health Organization by declaring it territory free of bird flu. The action will allow Santo Domingo to compete at the […]

Chile looks for increasing trade with Cuba

HAVANA, Sep 2 (acn) Chilean foreign minister Heraldo Muñoz is heading a large business and official mission in Cuba in a bid to strengthen bilateral links and explore new business and trade opportunities. The visit by the Chilean delegation to Cuba, which will last till Saturday, includes government authorities and representatives of 35 business organizations. […]

EU-Cuba talks not finished end of the year

HAVANA, September 2 (AFP) The EU and Cuba have made good progress in normalisation talks but getting an accord this year, the stated aim of both sides, may prove difficult, an EU official said Wednesday. “An end-2015 deal, that is the objective … but it is difficult. It is better to have a good agreement […]

Cubans rush to the beach before Americans arrive

HAVANA, September 1 (Reuters) Cubans are flocking to the beach in record numbers before a possible end to the U.S. travel ban that would open the gates to American tourists and bump up prices. Until 2008, the Communist government banned Cubans from tourist hotels. Since then, the industry has been shocked at how many Cubans […]

Cuba goes all in on English

HAVANA, September 1  (AFP) Now that Cuba has restored diplomatic ties with the United States, teaching English in schools will be a priority, the communist party newspaper Granma reported on Monday. In the 1970s, the study of English in Cuban schools was supplanted by Russian, after the Soviet Union emerged as the communist island’s main […]