The U.S.-Cuba Business Council (USCBC) is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the United States and Cuba.
Since the announcement on December 17, 2014 by Presidents’ Obama and Castro, there has already been a great deal of historic changes on both sides of the 90-mile straight.
Building on these historic changes, on September 25, 2015, with support from senior U.S. and Cuban government officials, and in alignment with the demands of the U.S. Chamber’s member companies, the U.S. Chamber launched a USCBC in Washington, D.C., with the long-term objective of creating a barrier-free economic and commercial partnership between the United States and Cuba.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carlos Gutierrez, chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council, today issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s further amendments to Cuba sanctions regulations:
This letter was sent to the members of the House Agriculture Committee in support of H.R. 3687, the “Cuba Agricultural Exports Act,” which would repeal restrictions on financing for agricultural exports to Cuba. The Committee will hold a hearing on American agricultural exports to Cuba tomorrow morning.
Yesterday the Government of Cuba released updated "guidelines of economic and social policy of the Cuban Party and the Revolution for the period of 2016-2021." The plan was approved during the Seventh Cuban Party Congress in April 2016 and by the Cuban National Assembly of People's Power in July 2016.
On a steamy summer day one year ago, standing on a dusty Havana back-road, Carlos Gutierrez was somehow able to find the childhood home he’d last seen more than a half century earlier, before he and his family fled Fidel Castro’s communist revolution.
It’s a blood bank now, but he walked down the street, rounded a curve and recognized it right away: No. 26, a simple one-story house.
Yesterday we celebrated the one-year anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. As we look back over the past year, it's easy for those who oppose engagement to point out the many things that haven't changed. Yet, in the brief period since bilateral relations were restored, we have seen more steps toward creating a freer and more open society in Cuba than all the years the Chamber has been active on this issue-and that is worth celebrating.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts this year became the first U.S. hotelier to ink a deal in Cuba in nearly six decades. Marriott International quickly announced plans to do the same, and a number of big-name competitors have since expressed interest in expanding to the island nation.
"Hotel capacity in Cuba simply has no way to keep up with demand, so Airbnb is the winner," said Jodi Hanson Bond, president of the U.S.-Cuba Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "To Airbnb's credit, they were poised with a platform that could capture the existing need."
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