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Cuba Banks on Exporting Services

Cuba Banks on Exporting Services
September 2, 2014
By Eileen Sosin (Progreso Weekly)

HAVANA TIMES — In the past 25 years, the profile of Cuban exports has
gone from a strong specialization in goods (nickel, sugar, citrus fruit)
to a marked increase in services, especially tourism and health related
services.

In 2012, services accounted for 12.6 billion CUC (just over… Continue reading

Touring Cuba by bicycle: Take the challenge

Touring Cuba by bicycle: Take the challenge
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:15 am
Ken Youngblood

So you’ve flirted with the dream of touring Cuba by bicycle. Go for it. But not because the media tell you it’s a “cyclist’s paradise.” Go because there are no real legal obstacles you can’t overcome and you are sure to leave the island… Continue reading

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba
By William SchmidtOn August 26, 2014

With the control of Cuba falling into the hands of Fidel Castro in 1959,
Americans no longer had easy accessibility to visit the island. But in
May, a group of students were able to visit Cuba to see what a Latin
American socialist country looks like as… Continue reading

Young fan who dresses like Fidel Castro meets his idol

Young fan who dresses like Fidel Castro meets his idol

SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS Cuba (Reuters) – All that’s missing is the beard.

An 8-year-old Cuban boy who likes to dress up as Fidel Castro got to
meet his idol after Cuba’s 88-year-old retired leader invited him and
his family to his Havana home for a chat.

“I felt… Continue reading

Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms

Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms
BY MARC FRANK
HAVANA Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:29pm EDT

(Reuters) – Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite
launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the
lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and
its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms.

Cuba… Continue reading

Team notes changes in Cuba in six years of mission trips

Team notes changes in Cuba in six years of mission trips
Friday, August 22, 2014
By PAUL COLLINS – Bulletin Staff Writer

Villa Heights Baptist Church has sent a mission team to Cuba off and on
for about six years, according to the church’s pastor, the Rev. Keith
Spangenberg, who said he has seen some changes there during that time.… Continue reading

Cuba’s mangroves under threat

Cuba’s mangroves under threat
Tangled thickets island nation’s first line of defence against rising
sea levels
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUGUST 1, 2014

Many people in this hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when
the shore lay about 100 metres further out. That was four decades ago.

Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic… Continue reading

From Cyberspace to Moringa

From Cyberspace to Moringa / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on July 25, 2014

The signing of 29 documents between the government of Cuba and various
official and business interests from the People’s Republic of China on
the occasion of Xi Jinping’s visit to the island has awakened great
expectations among Cubans. One of the most striking things was the
television… Continue reading

China, Cuba sign bilateral agreements

China, Cuba sign bilateral agreements
Raúl Castro is working to attract foreign investment to jumpstart the
ailing Cuban economy
MAYE PRIMERA Miami 23 JUL 2014 – 16:14 CEST

Chinese president Xi Jinping arrived in Havana on Tuesday to sign 29 new
bilateral agreements in finance, biotechnology, agriculture,
infrastructure and renewable energy.

Beijing will finance a new terminal at the port… Continue reading

Cuba Looks to Mangroves to Fend off Rising Seas

Cuba Looks to Mangroves to Fend off Rising Seas
HAVANA — Jul 24, 2014, 12:04 AM ET
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember
when the shore lay about 100 meters (yards) farther out. That was four
decades ago.

Since then, rising waters have gradually swallowed up rustic homes,… Continue reading

Chinese president concludes visit to Cuba

Chinese president concludes visit to Cuba
Published July 24, 2014 EFE

Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba
on Wednesday accompanied by his Cuban counterpart and host, Raul Castro,
on the last day of his official visit to the communist island.

“It’s a pleasure to come to this beautiful land,” said Xi upon his… Continue reading

Cuban Agriculture between Farmers and Pencil-Pushers

Cuban Agriculture between Farmers and Pencil-Pushers
July 10, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban government has finally decided to throw
agriculture a life line, eliminating part of the bureaucratic apparatus
that is stifling it. Some 6,400 administrative positions have
disappeared with the State entity responsible for distributing the
fruits of farm production.

The bureaucratic entity in question is… Continue reading

Greater Richmond Chamber headed to Cuba

Greater Richmond Chamber headed to Cuba
Aim of the excursion is to learn about the island nation’s culture
Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:48 pm
BY RANDY HALLMAN Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Greater Richmond Chamber has its eyes on Cuba.
The business organization is planning a trip to the island nation in
early 2015 — a night in Miami and five… Continue reading

Raúl Castro Says Cuba Must Reform Its Economy Cautiously

Raúl Castro Says Cuba Must Reform Its Economy Cautiously
Island’s President Wants Only Gradual Change, Despite Weak and Slowing
Growth
Associated Press
July 5, 2014 10:56 p.m. ET

Cuba’s President Raúl Castro speaking on Saturday, during this year’s
first of two regularly scheduled legislative sessions. Associated Press
HAVANA—President Raúl Castro reiterated on Saturday that Cuba’s program
of reforms will remain… Continue reading

National Security and Defense of Cattle

Cuba: National Security and Defense of Cattle / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on July 6, 2014

The “National Defense Council” is, in exceptional situations, the
highest institution of power. Whenever it meets, it is charged with
internal order, security, foreign policy, military forces, plus all the
economic, legal and social activity of the country.

So it is logical to understand… Continue reading

Cuba examines weak economy, seeks ‘socialist development’

Cuba examines weak economy, seeks ‘socialist development’

Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s National Assembly opened its biannual session,
with the communist island’s faltering economy topping the agenda, but no
plans unveiled for change.

President Raul Castro, 83, addressed the assembly, which discussed why
one of the world’s last command economies has not grown faster, after
six years of very tentative reforms.… Continue reading

Cuba’s lawmakers examine weak economy

Cuba’s lawmakers examine weak economy
Last Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014, 04:34

Havana: Cuba’s National Assembly opened its biannual session, with the
communist island’s faltering economy topping the agenda.

President Raul Castro, 83, was due to address the assembly yesterday,
which plans to examine why one of the world’s last command economies has
not experienced greater growth, after six years… Continue reading

Economy stalled, Cuba resists speedier path to free enterprise

Economy stalled, Cuba resists speedier path to free enterprise
BY DANIEL TROTTA
HAVANA Sun Jul 6, 2014 8:51am BST

(Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the
communist country’s market-oriented reforms must remain gradual, a clear
signal he would resist calls to accelerate change in order to address an
underperforming economy.

He also praised Cubans for “defeating… Continue reading

Raul Castro – Economic changes must be gradual

Posted on Saturday, 07.05.14

Raul Castro: Economic changes must be gradual
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — President Raul Castro reiterated Saturday that Cuba’s program
of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent
disappointing GDP numbers that show the country’s already-struggling
economy slowing.

Days after Cuba downgraded its 2014 economic growth forecast by nearly a
percentage point, Castro… Continue reading

Cuba mulls economy, graft in parliament session

Cuba mulls economy, graft in parliament session

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban parliamentarians are meeting in one of their
twice-annual sessions and the state of the economy is foremost on the
agenda.

The comptroller’s office is also expected to deliver a report on its
attempts to root out corruption.

Members of parliament met earlier this week in committee to discuss
matters… Continue reading

I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated

“I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated” / Dimas Castellano, Oscar
Espinosa Chepe
Posted on June 21, 2014

One of the central figures of the Cuban opposition, who participated in
the revolution before its ultimate victory but ended up being sentenced
to 20 years in Castro’s prisons, was the independent economist Oscar
Espinosa Chepe, who died in Madrid. He recounts… Continue reading

Cubans find preparing for climate change hard, expensive and essential

Cubans find preparing for climate change hard, expensive and essential
Ines Perez, special to E&E
ClimateWire: Monday, June 16, 2014

HAVANA — The Malecon stretches for 5 miles along the coast of Havana,
flanked by a line of old, pastel-colored buildings. Despite its
time-worn look, this emblematic seaside esplanade buzzes with activity,
with fishermen, kids, tourists and a steady stream… Continue reading

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