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July 14, 2016

Seminar in Cuba For Trade Mission – Trade Mission to the Dominican Republic & Cuba

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June 20, 2016

The members of the Antigua and Barbuda trade mission that is now in Cuba to explore economic and trade opportunities will attend a one-day seminar in Havana on Tuesday.

The seminar, organized by the Chamber of Commerce in Cuba, will focus on two important subjects; the Legal Framework for Investing in Cuba and How to do Business with Cuba. Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister, E Pall Chet Greene, who heads the mission to Cuba, will address the seminar at the opening exercises. Deputy Head of the mission, Ambassador to CARICOM, Dr. Clarence Henry is also expected to speak at the seminar.

He is expected to outline the reasons for the mission and to lay the groundwork for future cooperation with the Cuban people in the areas of trade, tourism, culture and sports.

During the session, the first meetings between Cuban business people and manufacturers on the Antigua and Barbuda delegation will take place. The mission will visit several Cuban factories and other areas with strong trade potential.

At the Budget presentation of February 2016, Minister Greene identified mounting a trade mission to the Republic of Cuba and the Dominican Republic as major planks in the strategy to find new business, and market opportunities for manufactures, exporters and technology transfer for Antigua and Barbuda.

Minister Greene earlier said Antigua and Barbuda is seeking to get a jump start on establishing trade links with Cuba especially in light of the improving relations

between the Spanish-speaking territory and the United States. He is of the view that establishing early links with Cuba will benefit Antigua and Barbuda in the future.

Greene is accompanied by a delegation that includes representatives from the Ministry of Trade, the Tourism Authority, the Department of Culture, the Office of the National Authorising Office, several local manufacturers and cricket coach, Kenneth Benjamin.

From Cuba, the team travels to the Dominican Republic for similar engagements with their counterparts in that country. The DR leg of the trip is co-sponsored by the Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development Agency.

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