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May 2015
When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage – not so much for bathing suits but for bandwidth.
Early on a recent Friday morning, four entrepreneurs visited the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to give a briefing on their business journeys. But the chamber breakfast in Miami, capital of Cuban exiles, was a bit unusual: All four were from Cuba, members of the island’s growing private business class.
Let others consider the national and global political implications of the thawing relations between the United States and Cuba. Ruben Valladares looks at the small paper tray for french fries as he’s having lunch at a Pollo Tropical and wonders aloud how he might produce them back at his shop in Havana.
Cuba has the most potential of any country in the world to flourish given the right vision, said Carlos Gutierrez, who was Commerce secretary under George W. Bush.
An analysis of Cuba's tax system for self-employed workers by Saira Pons Pérez of the University of Havana's Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy.
April 2015
An analysis of Cuba's financial system by Jessica León Mundul, professor at the Center for the Study of the Cuban economy at the University of Havana.
CAF-Development Bank of Latin America plans a small overture toward Cuba later this month that could be a stepping stone toward the island rejoining the international financial community.
HAVANA — With a castoff pizza oven churning out pies, Marialena Perez aspires to be the Domino’s of Havana one day, with lofty dreams of a chain of stores, maybe even a branch in the United States.
Nico has a problem. The small, turquoise bungalow he runs as a B&B in the far east of Cuba is not getting noticed. Bought last year by Canadian benefactors for Nico and his wife to run – and the Canadians to use as a refuge from the harsh Calgary winter – the business in Baracoa needs promoting.
Dr. Julio A. Diaz Vazquez of the University of Havana's Center for the Study of International Economics analyzes Cuba's foreign investment law and its implications for worker's compensation.
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