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Dominica recognises 20 years of diplomatic relations with Cuba

May 24, 2016
Dominica recognises 20 years of diplomatic relations with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Dominica's Education Minister Peter St Jean recognized on Monday in Roseau Cuba's work as a partner in the development of his Caribbean nation for many years, diplomatic sources reported. The education minister made the statements during an event...

Normalizing relations with US will take time, says Cuban official

May 23, 2016
Normalizing relations with US will take time, says Cuban official HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Although the US and Cuba are working to make progress, normalizing relations will take time, Josefina Vidal, director general of the United States Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, cautioned on Friday. The diplomat was addressing researchers from...

Cuba and US agree new steps in bilateral relations

May 18, 2016
Cuba and US agree new steps in bilateral relations HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- On Monday, representatives of Cuba and the United States updated the roadmap on the road to normalization of ties between the two nations, including high-level visits in areas such as health and agriculture and new exchanges on hydrography, the environment...

Powerboat rally from Florida to arrive on Tuesday in Havana

May 17, 2016
Powerboat rally from Florida to arrive on Tuesday in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The first powerboat rally from Florida to Cuba in 58 years will arrive on Tuesday in Havana Bay, which will represent the revival of this event between the United States and the Caribbean island. About 90 American crews will participate in an event that had its...

Cuba and US to meet again to assess progress in normalization of ties

May 14, 2016
Cuba and US to meet again to assess progress in normalization of ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Representatives of Cuba and the United States will meet in Havana on Monday to take stock of progress in the process towards normalization of ties, Gustavo Machin, deputy director general of the Cuban Foreign Ministry's United States Department, announced at a...

T-Mobile signs Cuba roaming deal

May 11, 2016
T-Mobile signs Cuba roaming deal BELLEVUE, USA -- T-Mobile has signed an interconnect and roaming agreement with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, SA (ETECSA), the Cuban telecommunications company. The new deal enables the carrier to do its part to open communications between...

Aruba and Cuba sign memorandum of understanding for tourism and transportation

May 10, 2016
Aruba and Cuba sign memorandum of understanding for tourism and transportation HAVANA, Cuba -- "Last week in Havana, Cuba, the governments of Aruba and Cuba signed a cooperative agreement with a focus on tourism," minister of tourism, transportation, culture and the primary sector for Aruba, Otmar Oduber announced.  It has been close to a year since discussions...

Cuba to host Association of Caribbean States summit next month

May 7, 2016
Cuba to host Association of Caribbean States summit next month HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Representatives of all 25 nations making up the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will attend the seventh summit of the regional organization from June 2-4 at Havana's Conventions Center in Cuba. According to the Cuban foreign ministry, seven associated...

Cuba offers opportunities for foreign investment in tourism

May 7, 2016
Cuba offers opportunities for foreign investment in tourism HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba announced the launch of 127 projects among its opportunities for foreign investment in its tourist sector during the current FitCuba International Tourism Fair. The business director of the Cuban tourism ministry, Jose Daniel Alonso, announced at the event that...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Reading the writing on the wall

May 7, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Reading the writing on the wall In Havana on April 28, the Dominican Republic and Cuba agreed to explore the possibility of a partial scope trade agreement. There Cuba’s deputy minister of foreign trade and investment, Ileana Nunez, and Cesar Dargan, the Dominican Republic deputy foreign minister for commercial affairs...

Caribbean, Latin American tech experts gather in Cuba as LACNIC 25 opens in Havana

May 4, 2016
Caribbean, Latin American tech experts gather in Cuba as LACNIC 25 opens in Havana HAVANA, Cuba -- This week, Cuba is the tech capital of the region as some 700 technology experts and professionals from across the region gather in western Havana for the annual meeting of the Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC). LACNIC is one of five organisations...

Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday

May 3, 2016
Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, said he will be signing an agreement on Friday with his tourism counterpart in Cuba, which will facilitate multi-destination marketing between the countries. Addressing the official opening of the Jamaica...

Barbados trade team heading to Cuba

May 2, 2016
Barbados trade team heading to Cuba BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Now that diplomatic ties have been formally re-established between Cuba and the United States, Barbados is looking to add its name to the list of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries attempting to enter the Cuban market. From May 2 to 6...

First US cruise ship sets sail to Cuba

May 2, 2016
First US cruise ship sets sail to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Carnival Corporation's MV Adonia, the first US cruise ship to visit Cuba in 50 years, was scheduled to set sail out of the Port of Miami on Sunday afternoon with 700 passengers. The ship is scheduled to dock at Havana harbour for two days and follow on to visit...

Cuba and UK extend bilateral cooperation

April 30, 2016
Cuba and UK extend bilateral cooperation HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba and the United Kingdom strengthened bilateral cooperation relations after signing in Havana four memoranda of understanding (MOU) during the official visit here by British secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Philip Hammond.

Condor Airlines to launch Munich-Havana service

April 30, 2016
Condor Airlines to launch Munich-Havana service HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Germany’s Condor airline will for the first time and directly connect the cities of Munich and Havana in an effort to increase flights to Cuba. According to the Cuban Tourism Ministry, the new connection will comprise five weekly flights between the two cities.

Cuba and Kuwait sign energy agreement

April 26, 2016
Cuba and Kuwait sign energy agreement HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- On Friday, Cuba and Kuwait signed in Havana the first agreement for long-term loan in the energy sector, which will allow the Caribbean nation to finance the construction project of 34 small hydroelectric plants. The signing of documents took place at the ministry of...

Panama builds shelters for Cubans stranded at border with Costa Rica

April 25, 2016
Panama builds shelters for Cubans stranded at border with Costa Rica HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Panamanian authorities have announced the building of shelters for some 2 500 Cubans stranded at the border with Costa Rica, who intend to continue their journey to the United States, where they hope to pursue the benefits offered only to Cuban citizens.

Cruise ships and other commercial vessels now approved to carry persons born in Cuba

April 23, 2016
Cruise ships and other commercial vessels now approved to carry persons born in Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, has announced it will sail as planned from the US to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, for the company's week-long voyages to Cuba. Carnival Corporation worked closely with Cuba...

Commentary: The backlash to US-Cuba normalization and the misuse of human rights

April 23, 2016
Commentary: The backlash to US-Cuba normalization and the misuse of human rights In the bitter campaign to reverse the normalization of US-Cuba relations that has been driving forward since December 2014, human rights have again entered center stage. Critics of President Obama’s rapprochement with the Cuban government are “claiming vindication this week,”...

Jamaica to buy farming equipment from Cuba

April 22, 2016
Jamaica to buy farming equipment from Cuba KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- As part of efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector in Jamaica, the government will be acquiring durable equipment from Cuba, while also relying on Cuban expertise in greenhouse technology. Minister without portfolio in the ministry of industry, commerce...

Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic

April 20, 2016
Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism officials will meet with their counterparts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic this week to finalise an arrangement for the multi-destination marketing of the countries. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure at the opening of...

Cruise line continues talks with Cuba

April 20, 2016
Cruise line continues talks with Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Fathom will begin sailing...

Cuba to host Caribbean summit

April 18, 2016
Cuba to host Caribbean summit HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The seventh summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will take place on June 4 in the Cuban capital of Havana, said the organization’s secretary general Alfonso Munera. Munera, who paid a working visit to Cuba last Wednesday, met with Cuba’s...

US Coast Guard repatriates 22 Cuban migrants

April 16, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 22 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter William Trump repatriated 22 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday. On Sunday, the cruise ship Carnival Sensation reported a rustic vessel with 22 suspected Cuban migrants aboard south of Dry Tortugas, Florida.

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Barbados seeking to break into Cuban market

April 14, 2016
Barbados seeking to break into Cuban market BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, Barbados and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are now seeking to further partner with that country in an effort to take advantage of opportunities.

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