OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

The Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba expressed its “permanent willingness to continue working with corresponding U.S. entities and companies.”

Following the U.S. government‘s recent change in policy toward the country, the Cuban institution expressed its commitment to facilitating the promotion of business opportunities on the island, according to a statement published July 3, on its website.

The text also conveys the entity’s hope that U.S. companies “cease to be hostages of an unjust policy, contrary to international law and rejected by the entire world.”

It goes on to note that last June 16, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a policy directive entitled “National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening U.S. Policy toward Cuba,” and revoked the Presidential Policy Directive, "Normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba," issued by President Obama on October 14, 2016.

Cuba’s Chamber of Commerce expressed its support for the declaration released by the Cuban government following Washington’s announcement of a change in policy toward the island, while also reaffirming its commitment to continue accompanying the changes that the Cuban people and institutions, in accordance with their sovereign rights, have chosen to undertake in order to perfect their socio-economic system.

This new policy, which ignores growing interest from the U.S. private sector in establishing mutually beneficial trade relations with the island, will impact progress made over the last two years, much of which has benefitted U.S. companies and employees, it notes.

The document also highlights the institution’s hope that the U.S. business sector, it’s Chambers of Commerce, and political leaders committed to defending the highest universal values, might be able to reverse these types of measures, which prevent positive changes from occurring in the U.S., above all those geared toward greater international understanding, economic growth, and social progress. (PL)