Cuba Promotes Special Development ZonesNovember 5, 2012 | | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, invited foreign capital to participate in “Special Development Zones,” during the inauguration of the Havana International Trade Fair on Sunday.
“We are making the first steps towards the creation of a Special Development Zone in Mariel, which will take advantage of the investment in port infrastructure in that city located to the west of the capital,” said the official, who added that this “represents an interesting opportunity for foreign capital.”
According to a new article from the Prensa Latina, such zones seek to increase exports and effectively replace imports, in line with the policy of the most recent congress of the Cuban Communist Party.
So far, no official spokesperson has spoken about working conditions, legal protections and the unionization of workers in these areas, which are known as “maquiladoras” in other countries.