The U.S.-Cuba Policy Agenda
Promotion of a more open Internet in Cuba
One way to demonstrate to the Cuban government the value of developing a free and open Internet is to offer a broad a set of U.S. technology products and services to the Cuban people while also pursuing legitimate national security objectives. There is room for changes that would make more information available to Cuban citizens, enabling them to express themselves more freely and connect to economic opportunities. We support measures that would authorize the provision of a broader set of cloud technology and developer tools by U.S. companies to Cubans and the online publication and distribution of Cuban-origin applications.
Support agricultural trade with Cuba
Declining tourism activity, a damaged economy and the COVID-19 pandemic have caused food shortages and high demand for basic commodities in Cuba. Cubans are experiencing a serious food crisis. U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba have the potential to increase significantly and to minimize the suffering of Cubans if some elements of the embargo are lifted. As an initial step, we propose the removal of prohibitions on financing of agricultural exports to Cuba.
Suspension of Title III of the Cuban and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996
This act allows U.S. nationals to file suit in U.S. courts against entities trafficking in confiscated property in Cuba. Although the provision has generated few lawsuits since its reinstatement, it represents a legal concern for U.S. companies planning to do business in Cuba, and that in turn has had a chilling effect on contacts and commerce.
Reassessment of Cuba designations
The U.S. administration should review Cuba’s status under various U.S. laws and regulations related to its support for international terrorism (e.g., Section 1754(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act and Section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act).
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the USCBC stand ready to assist the ongoing U.S. government policy reviews of Cuba. We urge the U.S. administration to act immediately to reverse some of the measures of the previous administration that negatively impacted Cuban American families, the Cuban people and the bilateral commercial relationship and set in motion a new era of U.S.-Cuba relations.