Commerce Secretary Pritzker Meets With Cuban Officials In Havana

by Orlando Matos /

HAVANA, CUBA -- On Wednesday morning officials from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury and State participated with Cuban counterparts at the opening session of the Regulatory Dialogue to discuss recent Obama administration measures to easy trade and investment with the island.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, co-chair the Regulatory Dialogue arrived in Cuba Monday and toured a newly built port and economic development zone in Mariel. She expressed to Cubans that “We want to make sure that you understand how our regulations work, because I think there’s business opportunity in that.”

Secretary Pritzker added, “What we’re trying to do is be as open as we can until the blockade is lifted,” even using the word the Cubans use to mention the US embargo.

On Wednesday Pritzker was meeting with Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca as well as Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas.

In New York at the September UN General Assembly Cuban President Raul Castro said that normal relations with the US will only be possible if America takes a number of measures, including the abolition of its trade embargo.

Pritzker is the second U.S. cabinet official to visit Cuba since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015.

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