Please join us at "Cuba: An Insider Perspective of Opportunities & Challenges," part of the Minnesota Trade Office’s Latin America Series. This event will provide an opportunity to learn from an insider point of view of what is the current and real economic and political situation in Cuba, as well as the current state of the relations between Cuba and the U.S. under the current U.S. administration.
Cuba is living in a very exciting time. The 2011 Economic, Politic and Social Guidelines made by Cuban Communist Party and voted by the National Assembly of People’s Power constitute the framework of the main economic changes that Cuba is currently facing, at the same time that they propose a development plan to achieve by 2030. With this new policy, foreign trade and investment, as well as the development of small private businesses are the main goals to raise up in the short and midterms. In this context, it is crucial to remind that the diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. were reestablished in late 2014, as part of Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama efforts to have normal relations between the countries. President Obama’s visit to Cuba in March 2016, after 88 years of a U.S. Presidential visit to Cuba, opened a window not only to fix the existing diplomatic issues, but also to start a new business scenario between Cuban and U.S. companies. We invite you to learn more about the opportunities and challenges for Minnesota businesses with Cuba, especially after President Trump’s last sanctions against Cuba last June, as well as the main changes in the principal political positions within the Cuban government after President Raul Castro leaves the presidency this coming April.
Luis Hierro Sanchez received his law degree from the University of Havana in 2014. Since then he has worked as a professor at the University of Havana, and was appointed as a judge to the Provincial Court of Havana in 2016. Prior to starting his career in academia Mr. Hierro Sánchez worked as a community organizer for partial elections in the province of Havana. He was appointed by the National Electoral Commission to manage grassroots advocacy efforts and worked as a community speaker on the Cuban electoral system. In addition he worked as an Assistant to the Commission on Reform of the Cuban Law of Civil, Administrative, Labor and Economic Procedure. Mr. Hierro Sánchez’s areas of focus are public policy implementation and leadership for change. He hopes that the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program will help him improve Cuba's social and economic development.
Jeffrey Phillips is the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's International Trade Manager for Minnesota food and agribusiness industry. In encouraging and facilitating trade for Minnesota's food and agribusinesses, Jeffrey provides export counseling, assists with strategic planning, business partner matching, coordinating trade promotion activities, organizing and presenting at conferences and seminars, and hosting international visitors. Jeffrey previously served as the International Trade Representative for the European and Russian markets at the State of Minnesota Trade Office (MTO). Before joining the MTO, Jeffrey was senior food marketing specialist with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He assisted Minnesota’s processed food companies with business start-up; promotion; and assistance in package design, determining distribution channels, and meeting label and regulatory requirements. Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and additional training in food science & technology from the University of Minnesota.
• Registration from 12:00pm - 12:30pm
• Lunch & Program from 12:30pm - 2:30pm
• $25 if registered by end of business April 6 (includes lunch and materials)
• $35 for late/walk-in
Rachel Limón, Regional Trade Manager, Minnesota Trade Office
651-259-7492 | firstname.lastname@example.org