A Mexican meat processing firm has become the first international company to get approval for an investment project in Cuba's first special economic development area, Mexico's foreign ministry said on Saturday. 

Richmeat de Mexico plans to invest in the processing and packing of meat within the Mariel special development zone of the island, the ministry said in a statement, without giving details of how much money was involved. 

News of the investment follows December's agreement between the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties after more than five decades. That spurred hopes that the communist-run island could be start to open up its economy...



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