A Cuban business delegation composed of top officials of the Ministry of Transportation, Mariel Special Development Zone, the Port of Mariel and other economic sectors of the country concluded its twelve-day working visit to the United States today, February 3, which included activities in Houston and Austin (Texas), New Orleans (Louisiana), Palm Beach, Port Everglades and Tampa (Florida), Norfolk (Virginia) and Washington D.C.
During their visit to this country, the Cuban representatives reaffirmed the interest in strengthening the economic-commercial ties between the Island and US entities, particularly, in the maritime-port sector.
This was an auspicious visit to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Cuba’s Port Administration and the Port of Mobile, in Alabama, which adds up to other 4 agreements of this type signed previously with the ports of Virginia, New Orleans, Lake Charles and South Louisiana.
The Cuban business representatives were also received by Kurt Nagle, President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), Jodi Bond, Vice President for the Americas of the US Chamber of Commerce and by a significant number of State and local authorities in the cities they visited.
The delegation also visited the headquarters of the US Congress where they met with the Cuba Working Group of the US House of Representatives. Among those attending the meeting, there were 15 US Congressional Representatives, including Barbara Lee (D-CA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Rick Crawford (R-AK) and Tom Emmer (R-MN), Co-Chairs of this bipartisan group that advocates for the lifting of the blockade on Cuba and the normalization of relations between both countries.
Likewise, the delegation participated in the Conference Planning for Shifting Trade hosted by the AAPA and attended other 9 business events where they exchanged with US businessmen from different sectors on the opportunities offered by Cuba in commerce and foreign investment and the existing potentialities, particularly, with Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), which has a deep-water port and is destined to become an area of strong economic attraction in the region.
During the meetings held with US authorities and representatives of different sectors of the country, the Cuban delegation reaffirmed the necessity to lift the blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States for over 50 years, which is the main hindrance preventing the strengthening of the economic-commercial ties with Cuba and affecting the interest of the US and Cuban peoples.