The Cuban business delegation, composed of top business representatives of Mariel Special Development Zone and other economic sectors of the country, visited the State of Virginia on January 29-30, as part of the program of activities for its visit to the United States until February 3.
During their stay in Virginia, the Cuban representatives, who were accompanied today by the Cuban Ambassador to the United States, José Ramón Cabañas, were received by Todd Haymore, the State’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, and Basil Gooden, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, who reaffirmed the interest in promoting the economic and commercial ties with Cuba and advocated the lifting of the blockade imposed by the United States on the Island.
The Cuban representatives also toured the facilities of Perdue Agribusiness in the Port of Virginia, which exports grains, and visited the state-of-the-art facilities of Virginia International Gateway’s container terminal. Likewise, they held fruitful meetings with the State’s Port Authority, with which the Cuban Port Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2016, in the framework of the visit to Cuba by Governor Terry McAuliffe on that date.
With the presence of the Cuban delegation and State authorities and leaders, the Engage Cuba coalition launched their chapter in Virginia, which is the 16th state chapter established by that organization intended to work toward the lifting of the blockade, the elimination of the travel restrictions to Cuba and the creation of new commercial opportunities with the island.
The Cuban representatives participated in an event on the opportunities for doing business with and making foreign investment in Cuba, which was attended by state authorities and over 70 businessmen from different economic sectors of Virginia.
On January 31, the Cuban delegation will carry out a program of activities in the District of Columbia, which includes meetings with top representatives of the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Port Authorities.