Maynard Nexsen with the support of the Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast (HABAGC) hosted a half-day business development program on How to do Business with Cuba.

With the potential opening of the Cuban Market and already direct established business through the Alabama Port, regional businesses are positioned to benefit from business with Cuba. The Honorable Rubén Ramos Arrieta, the minister counselor at the Cuban Embassy's Economic and Trade Office discussed the Cuban economic situation and international insertion, updating the Cuban economic model, and perspectives of economic relations between Cuba and the United States.

There are a lot of questions companies have about how to enter a new market, and those questions are magnified when it comes to doing business with Cuba. In addition to Ruben Ramos Arrieta, the program featured multiple officials and experts that discussed the opportunities that exist in Cuba.

Other presenters and topics included:

  • Cuba’s Strategic Location – Jimmy Lyons, Alabama State Port Authority
  • U.S. Treasury and Commerce Regulations – Alan Enslen, Maynard Nexsen
  • Export Financing and Forecasting – Mike Granger & Emilio Giliberto, BBVA Compass
  • Practical Experience in Doing Business with Cuba – Maria Mendez (Alabama State Port Authority), Christina McInnis (GulfWise Commerce), Dr. Tony Frazier and Daniel Autry (Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries).

While significant challenges remain, the President’s decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease some commercial and travel restrictions is a step toward increased economic opportunity in our hemisphere - particularly for the Mobile market.

A copy of the presentations given during the Doing Business in Cuba Seminar are available for download, here. For additional information about the program and topics discussed please contact Grey Redditt or Alan Enslen.


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