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Foreign Investment and industrial development … more agility in the works


Recent discussions at the country’s highest level, about the necessity of foreign investment truly becoming, as the law indicates, “a fundamental, active element in the development of certain sectors of the economy,” focused on the need for more creativity and agility in handling projects: some yet to be identified; others gathering dust in the portfolio of opportunities; and a few too many stalled in negotiations because of delayed paperwork.

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Foreign investment opportunities in Cuba

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Transforming the economy and achieving a prosperous, efficient and sustainable society is Cuba’s aim. In order to do so, foreign investment is a fundamental source of development and an essential part of the country’s current strategy, stated Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, during the presentation of the latest edition of the country’s Portfolio of Foreign Investment Opportunities 2017-2018, as part of the 35th Havana International Fair.

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Extensive maintenance and investment at Mariel’s Máximo Gómez power plant

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The Máximo Gómez thermoelectric power plant, located in the municipality of Mariel, has been generating power for the past five decades. Given the energy needs in this important area for economic development, the plant is currently undergoing an extensive maintenance process, in addition to other measures.

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Unilever Suchel S.A. joint venture established in Mariel Special Development Zone


The creation of the Unilever Suchel S.A. joint venture, which will operate in the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), was reported yesterday during a ceremony held at this strategic location for the development of Cuba’s economy. The ceremony was led by Ana Teresa Igarza, director general of the ZEDM Office, and Lilianne Ploumen, minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in addition to Pedro Fraga and Fabio Prado, presidents of Intersuchel S.A. and Unilever Mexico & Caribbean, respectively.

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First eight companies in Mariel Special Development Zone introduced

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Luis Alberto González, President de Richmeat, is a Mexican meat processing company with a 15-year history in Cuba, explained that their factory in Mariel will process 1,000 tons a month and will hire 25-45 Cuban workers. The plant will begin operations with meat imported from Mexico, but the plan is to move toward acquiring it from Cuban ranchers.