One of the ways to help Cubans is for Congress to lift the “embargo” (blockade) once and for all, stated the President of the United States of America Barack Obama, speaking to U.S. business representatives and members of the Cuban sate and private sector participating in a Business Forum held in Old Havana’s Antiguo Almacén de la Madera y el Tabaco, March 21.
The U.S. President recognized the economic transformations underway in Cuba and stated that the island is welcoming U.S. businesses. He also noted his country’s intention to promote the use of new information and communications technologies.
Obama highlighted the U.S government’s desire to become an important trading partner for Cuba and mentioned a few companies which have traveled to the island to finalize agreements, including Cleber LLC, hotel chain Starwood and online accommodation service, AirBnB.
He likewise emphasized the spirit and talent of the Cuban youth and the population’s creative capacity, as well as the island’s commitment to education.
Obama also expressed the U.S. government and people’s desire to support small businesses and the Cuban private sector.