Business & Economy

A Light at end of the Agricultural Tunnel (III)

February 13, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Part three of our interview with agronomist/organic farmer Fernando Funes deals with prices in Cuba’s markets and the relationship between producers and consumers.

Cuba to Receive Regular Flights from US Airlines

February 12, 2016 | 5 comments

Several US airlines will begin offering direct commercial flights between the US and Cuba starting this fall, after more than half a century without service, announced the Obama administration on Friday

A Light at the End of the Agriculture Tunnel (Part II)

February 12, 2016 | No Comments »

Part 2 of our interview with Fernando Funes, who, along with his wife Claudia Alvarez and employees, has transformed an infertile area of land into an agro-ecological paradise.

US and Cuba to Discuss Trade in Washington Next Week

February 10, 2016 | 10 comments

The United States and Cuba will hold next week a second round of its regulatory dialogue, with the participation of US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca.

Could We Have Cheap Organic Foods in Cuba?

February 9, 2016 | 5 comments

I often ask myself how far the stupidity of Cuban leaders can go, but I can never quite predict those limits – they always end up surprising me. One case in point is the recent measures taken against street vendors to try and control the price of farm products. As is customary, their solution was to restrict and limit…rather than socialize.

Cuba Is Going Digital

February 9, 2016 | No Comments »

As of February 4, 2015 and until April this year, art enthusiasts can enjoy an exhibition titled Vista hace fe…We are going digital (“Seeing is Believing…We Are Going Digital”) at Havana’s Norwegian Embassy, located on 21st Street. (12 photos)

Solar Energy Outlook in Cuba

February 6, 2016 | 13 comments

On the outskirts of Havana, in the neighborhood of San Miguel de Padron, the electricity was cut off for an entire day last week. Local residents already fear that the blackout may signal the preparations for an upcoming energy shortage due to the recent political changes in Venezuela and the likely end to the oil subsidy program with Cuba.

Cuba’s Sugarcane Harvest is Looking Bad

February 3, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The alarm was set off by Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura: The panorama of the 2015-2016 sugar harvest is unfavorable and there doesn’t seem to be any hope for a recovery that would make possible meeting the government’s production plan.

Cuba Announces Old Havana Test Project for Home Internet

February 1, 2016 | 4 comments

Cuban authorities will begin testing later this year in two neighborhoods of Old Havana to allow Internet access from homes, something previously prohibited for ordinary Cubans. A start up date and the prices to be charged were not announced.

Raul Castro in Paris Seeking Aid and Investment

February 1, 2016 | No Comments »

Cuban president Raul Castro begins a two-day official visit to France on Monday, where he was received with military honors. Castro, 84, is scheduled to meet this afternoon with President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace.