Cuba: A Legal Guide to Business comes at a time of renewed interest in the Cuban market. Cuba has implemented market-oriented economic reforms and there's been a shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, culminating in the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two nations. In addition, in March of 2014, Cuba adopted a new Foreign Investment Law designed to attract foreign capital. The Cuban government has also issued a list of over 200 projects that are candidates for foreign investment in such sectors as energy, tourism, agriculture, and industry. While the U.S. Embargo remains in place, a majority of Americans support the Obama Administration's policy of engagement and normalization of relations with Cuba. The Obama Administration has introduced changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, reopened the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and rescinded Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The new policy changes have led to a considerable increase in travel and remittances, commerce, and the flow of information to and from Cuba. It is with this backdrop that this title provides important and practical guidance on how to successfully navigate the current legal system to help clients and businesses explore commercial transactions in the Cuban market.
The United States embargo against Cuba was imposed over fifty years ago initially as a response to the new revolutionary government's seizure of US properties, which was viewed by the US as a violation of international law. However, while sanctions can be legitimate means of enforcing established norms, the Cuban embargo itself appears to be the wrongful act, and its persistence calls into question the importance and function of international law. This book examines the history, legality and effects of US sanctions against Cuba and argues that the embargo has largely become a matter of politics and ideology; subjecting Cuba to apparently illegitimate coercion that has resulted in a prolonged global toleration of what appears to be a serious violation of international law.
Almost half a century of American economic and commercial sanctions have left Cuba impoverished, but far from being crushed, the Cuban people embrace the opportunity to improvise. “You can’t just buy things,” a woman explains. “You have to invent them.” One entrepreneur fashioned a motorbike from parts of a Chinese bicycle and the front of a Soviet rig; and with no cosmetics available, women concoct homemade alternatives using shoe polish and crayons. Capturing the vibrancy of everyday life on the streets of Havana, this film is an inspiring tribute to Cuban creativity necessitated by the American trade embargo. (Spanish with English subtitles, 48 minutes)
After Raul Castro’s accession to the presidency of Cuba, the country has witnessed the most far-reaching process of economic reforms for more than five decades. The government has expanded the private and cooperative sectors, has passed a new foreign investment law, restructured most of its old debt and has sought to end the long-standing dispute with the USA. Yet economic performance has been poor and the country faces significant challenges and contradictions arising from the reforms. This paper analyses the macroeconomic environment and the changes introduced by the Cuban government over the period 2007–15. While successful at restoring macroeconomic equilibria, restrictive macroeconomic policies have hurt economic growth, whereas growth- and efficiency-enhancing measures are yet to produce results. Moreover, transformation of the economic model is slow because of its many internal contradictions. The paper also discusses some of the main impediments to future change.
By Jon Anderson, Judicial Intern at York Immigration Court: "In January 2016, I had the opportunity to take a class on Cuban law through the Jose Marti Center in Havana. Since the embargo against Cuba has been eased, many regulations and laws have begun to change. Cuba is a nation in transition. As part of the class, I wrote a comparative law paper on Cuban treatment of foreign corporations. In this post, I hope to provide a brief overview of the framework governing the operation of a foreign corporation in Cuba."
The Havana Journal is one of the largest private Cuba related website in the world. It is an online media source featuring Cuba business, culture, politics and travel news and information along with Directories, Forums, Marketplace and Photo Gallery.
Will the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba usher in a new era of economic cooperation, trade, and investment between the two countries? This prescient book, published only eight months before President Obama's historic announcement at the end of 2014, provides answers to that question and offers a roadmap for a sequenced lifting of the Cold War era economic sanctions against Cuba. The authors, Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar, lay out the difficulties of achieving a dynamic economic relationship. They caution that a unilateral dismantling of US sanctions without insuring that proper institutions are in place in Cuba could squander this golden opportunity for US companies and hurt Cubans. They argue that US policies should encourage Cuba to liberalize its economy and adopt democratic institutions, so that it does not transition from a Communist dictatorship to a corrupt and authoritarian oligarchy. This farsighted book, produced in anticipation of an opening with Cuba that seemed impossible to some skeptics, is a must-read for anyone interested in the evolution of a historically contentious relationship that promises to evolve productively if the right policies are pursued.
Call Number: K3947.S93 F35 2014 (Main Library in Evanston)
Publication Date: 2014-11-27
This book traces the changing meanings of free trade over the past century through three sugar treaties and their concomitant institutions. The 1902 Brussels Convention is an example of how free trade buttressed the British Empire. The 1937 International Sugar Agreement is a story of how a group of Cubans renegotiated their state's colonial relationship with the US through free trade doctrine and the League of Nations. And the study of the 1977 International Sugar Agreement maps the world of international trade law through a plethora of institutions such as the ITO, UNCTAD, GATT and international commodity agreements - all against the backdrop of competing Third World agendas. Through a legal study of free trade ideas, interests and institutions, this book highlights how the line between the state and market, domestic and international, and public and private is always a matter of contest.
Business news and intelligence, and company, industry, financial, economic and political information from emerging market countries in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Includes corporate profiles, financial statements, industry and analyst reports, capital market quotes and indices, macroeconomic statistics and forecasts, legal and regulatory information, and opinion polls.
[I]ncludes important full-text journals and much sought-after titles from the business press as well as key trade publications, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports. Dates of coverage: 1971 to present.
"[P]rovides nearly 3,300 full text scholarly publications, including more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 4,100 journals. This database offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more."
"A unique and indispensable introduction into the economic thinking and analyses of thirteen Cuban economists committed to the successful continuation (albeit with needed modification) of the Cuban project in process since 1959."--Sinan Koont, author of Sustainable Urban Agriculture in Cuba Most scholarship on the Cuban economy is provided by analysts looking from the outside in. Cuban Economists on the Cuban Economy is the first collection to bring together some of the island's leading economists to discuss the good and the bad about their own economy. These voices offer clear and straightforward analyses of how Cuban society provides for its needs, distributes surplus, and assesses its shortcomings. Focusing on changes in policy during the Special Period, the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, this volume tracks various shifts, both major and minor, in the island's planned economy. Cuban leaders adapted to changing global relations while developing independent sources of income. These essays offer invaluable and sober assessments of Cuba's entrance into the international economy through such sectors as tourism, knowledge-based goods and services, and agriculture. This volume was written, in part, to reveal the rigorous research conducted within the country and to clarify the different factors that Cubans emphasize when examining their place on the world economic stage. By providing unique insights into the island's fight against poverty, its aging population, and its trade unions, this book will be an invaluable resource for years to come. A volume in the series Contemporary Cuba, edited by John M. Kirk
Conceived in 1993 and established in 1994, the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council provides an efficient and sustainable educational structure in which the United States business community may access accurate, consistent, and timely information and analysis on matters and issues of interest regarding United States-Republic of Cuba commercial, economic, and political relations.