Havana, Nov 3 (PL) The US-Cuba Business Council concluded it first session yesterday, with the participation of more than 50 executives officers US companies and representatives of companies and organization from Cuba.
Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment (MINCEX) Rodrigo Malmierca welcomed the visitors and reiterated his country’s interest in in making progress in the process to normalize the bilateral relations, for which the main obstacle is the economic, trade and financial blockade of Cuba.
The US delegation to this event, the venue of which was the MINCEX Protocol House, is headed by Executive Vice President of the US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) Myron Brilliant, who is accompanied by executives of important companies as American Airlines, Heinz Kraft, Caterpillar, Home Depot and other from the tourist, health and telecommunication sectors.
Brilliant said that in this, his first trip to Cuba, he expected to boost the relations among economic sectors from both sides and highlighted the importance of the presence here of 30 US companies at Havana’s International Fair, which will be on from today until November 7, with the participation of more than 70 countries.
The Cuban side was headed by Orlando Hernandez, president of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, who thanked the support by the US business sector to the new course of the US-Cuba relations, announced on December 17, 2014 by President Raul Castro and his US peer Barack Obama.
Hernandez said that the measures adopted by Obama in recent months are in the right direction, but are not enough, because the head of the White House has full authority to eliminate an important part of the blockade, although only the Congress can eliminate it completely.