The U.S.-Cuba Business Council was inaugurated on September 25 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters, in Washington D.C. The body aims to foment a strategic trade relationship between the two countries, establish business sector ties and promote the identification of business opportunities for both nations, according to the Cuban Embassy in Washington’s website.
Thomas Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, noted that the Council will work to ensure that both countries benefit from trade, investment and economic cooperation.
For his part, Orlando Hernández Guillén, President of Cuba’s Chamber of Commerce, who led the island’s delegation to the Council’s inauguration, described the investment and business opportunities that will open up to U.S. businesses once the blockade is eliminated; the principal obstacle to the development of relations of this kind.
”Who knows what the future holds, the U.S.-Cuba Business Council has a great task ahead of it: to work toward normalizing bilateral trade relations,” highlighted Hernández Guillén.
He noted that Cuba’s Chamber of Commerce regards the Business Council not as a mechanism limited to facilitating U.S. exports or businesses in Cuba but “We are approaching it with a central objective: to work toward the total, swift and unconditional lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against the island.”
”This would be the only context in which our entities will be able to develop their full potential,” added the Cuban official.
The President of Cuba’s Chamber of Commerce also noted the active role played by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and especially it’s President Thomas Donohue, in the new scenario of bilateral relations between the two nations.