First Cuba Trade Expo Conference to focus on current US-Cuba business climate and opportunities


The Cuba Trade Expo ( organizers today announced updates to their roster of experts and industry leaders set to participate in this year’s conference, which will take place in Miami, Florida from March 19-20. The two-day conference will feature academic and business luminaries who will address issues and opportunities related to US-Cuba relations in the face of impending legislative changes promised by the 112th Congress and the Obama administration.

“The Obama administration brings with it a commitment to change current US policy towards Cuba, therefore it’s not a question of ‘if’ there will be change, but rather a question of when this change will occur and what it means to businesses and consumers in the US,” said Jonathan Bedard, conference organizer of the Cuba Trade Expo. “The Cuba Trade Expo is a unique forum for experts, companies doing business with Cuba, elected officials, and those who are just passionate about Cuba to exchange ideas and opinions, discuss facts and myths, and elevate dialogue on this heated issue to the next level.”

Despite the 47-year-old embargo against Cuba, the US is the still the seventh largest exporter to Cuba (4.3 percent of Cuba’s imports are from the US) according to the CIA World Fact Book. The White House’s commitment to change the current US policy towards Cuba and the recent approval of a Congressional bill to do the same, portend a lift of the Bush Administration’s restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba and once again casts a spotlight on this island nation in the waning days of the Fidel Castro era.

In order to prepare the US business community for these and many more expected changes, Cuba Trade Expo will bring expert panelists from across the country with a wide variety of backgrounds to discuss current Cuba business, provide analysis on current US-Cuba relations, address the pros and cons of recent policy shifts from a business and political perspective, as well as zero in on key industries likely to be affected, including agriculture, energy, and tourism.