CARICOM calls for end to US embargo against Cuba

CARICOM calls for end to US embargo against Cuba

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), ,  has called on the United States to lift the “unwarranted economic embargo and sanctions” against Cuba. Addressing the 22nd meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) on Monday,  LaRocque said that next month, the 15-member grouping will host the Sixth […]

Cuban LGBT activists defy government, hold unprecedented pride parade

Cuban LGBT activists defy government, hold unprecedented pride parade

HAVANA – Cuban gay rights activists held an unauthorized independent pride parade in Havana on Saturday despite the Communist government warning against it and calling it subversive, an unprecedented show of civil society in the one-party state. More than a hundred Cubans chanting “long live a diverse Cuba” and carrying rainbow flags joyfully marched nearly […]

Cuban president calls for strengthened defences, economy in response to Trump threats

Cuban president calls for strengthened defences, economy in response to Trump threats

HAVANA – Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel accused the Trump administration on Saturday of dragging relations with the United States to their worst level in decades and called on Cubans to strengthen the Communist-run country’s defences and economy. Diaz-Canel, in a speech closing the National Assembly, said the United States is engaging in an “asphyxiating financial […]

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

HAVANA – Cuba began a rare public discussion on Monday  to overhaul its Cold War-era constitution, a process the government is calling participatory democracy at its best and opponents are branding a fraud. Cuba’s National Assembly approved a draft of changes to the 1976 constitution last month, including amendments that would pave the way for […]

Cuban president addresses lawmakers as they approve new constitution

Cuban president addresses lawmakers  as they approve new constitution

HAVANA  – Cuba’s economy grew less than expected in the first half of 2018 and an ongoing liquidity crisis will force fresh belt tightening, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Sunday. Diaz-Canel, who replaced former President Raul Castro in April, was addressing lawmakers at a national assembly meeting after they debated and then approved a revamping […]

Caribbean businesses invited to explore opportunities in Cuba

Caribbean businesses invited to explore opportunities in Cuba

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Businesses in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean are being encouraged to explore opportunities for trade and investment with Cuba. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, said his Government is seeking to widen cooperation with countries in the region under its foreign investment law. “We are now promoting trade […]

Caricom and Cuba to strengthen relations

Caricom and Cuba to strengthen relations

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Government of Cuba have both pledged to continue to strengthen relations in matters related to trade and the arts. This was the outcome of talks between Caricom’s assistant secretary general, human and social development, Dr Douglas Slater, and Cuba’s Vice-Minister Rogelio Sierra Diaz, when they met […]

Raul Castro to head rewrite of Cuban constitution

Raul Castro to head rewrite of Cuban constitution

HAVANA  – Cuba’s national assembly named former President Raul Castro on Saturday to head the commission charged with carrying out changes to the constitution that would provide legal backing to the island’s economic and social opening. The nomination of Castro, 86, adds to signs that the presidential handover in April to 58-year old Miguel Diaz-Canel […]

Cuba to amend constitution to extend economic reforms

Cuba to amend constitution to extend economic reforms

HAVANA – Cuba will seek to amend its constitution to further open up the economy but without modifying the “irrevocable character of socialism,” authorities here said Monday. Former president Raul Castro, who stepped down last month, introduced reforms in 2011 to open the top-heavy, centralised economy to small private businesses and foreign investment. The changes […]

More than100 killed in plane crash in Cuba

More than100 killed in plane crash in Cuba

HAVANA – More than 100 people   were killed after a Boeing 737 airliner crashed and exploded near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on  Friday. The plane was carrying 104 passengers and nine foreign crew, according to local media Transport Minister Adel Yzquierdo said the crash killed 110 people. Yzquierdo told reporters that among the […]