One of the many building collapses that have become common in Havana today took place at the intersection of Oquendo and Carlos III. Once the rubble had been cleared, an empty, 900-square-meter surface was left behind, clamoring to be used. The spot would finally come to be occupied by Mislenis Gil Gomez, who gathers hundreds of children every afternoon with an inflatable park.
Business & Economy
Cuban authorities increased access to the Internet on the island with the opening of new pay-for Wi-Fi hot spots in public places in the interior of the country, reported dpa news on Friday. Contracting home Internet service remains banned for ordinary Cubans.
US Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, Thomas Vilsack, arrived in Cuba on Wednesday for a working visit. Vilsack is the third member of the Obama cabinet to visit Cuba since the two countries resumed diplomatic relations in July.
Eight companies have been authorized to operate in Cuba’s Mariel Special Development Zone. Of these, five are entirely foreign corporations (two Mexican, two Belgian and one Spanish), one is a joint venture, one a Cuban-owned enterprise and one is a Cuban company with foreign management.
Cuban authorities authorized for the first time a US company to set up shop in the Special Development Zone of Mariel, located about 40 kilometers west of Havana. Nonetheless, for Cleber tractor company to begin to operate a tractor factory in Cuba, it still must receive approval by the United States Treasury Department.
“Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State David H. Thorne (in photo at top) will travel to Havana on November 1-3 to meet with government officials and business leaders, with the goal of supporting Cuba’s emerging private sector as part of the Department’s ‘Shared Prosperity Agenda.’
The United States and Israel were once again the only countries to vote against a UN resolution condemning the embargo imposed for over a half century by Washington on Cuba, reports dpa news.
The rapprochement between the United States and Cuba has become more evident this year in the fields of medicine, culture and science. In the latter, a joint expedition undertaken on October 17 is currently underway at the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, located between the provinces of Guantanamo and Holguin.
At a time when the Obama administration and the Cuban government are involved in negotiations to make possible a normalization of their newly restored diplomatic relations, the US Navy has plans to replace the W.T. Sampson School at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
Nine US governors, two Republicans and seven Democrats, urged Congress to lift the economic and commercial embargo on Cuba, according to a letter released today. They see the embargo as a hinderance for the Agricultural industry in their different states.