Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has seen the light on Cuba, and now he’s promoting increased engagement with the country of his birth, a communist state that has become both a political lightning rod and a source of curiosity for American companies looking for new markets.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Delta Air Lines Inc. is expected to renew charter flights from Atlanta to Havana as tensions thaw between the U.S. and Cuba. The official announcement could come as early as this fall, writes City Hall reporter Katie Leslie, who accompanied a delegation led by Mayor Kasim Reed to Cuba on a Read more
When Mike Raymer of the Georgia Council on Economic Education traveled to Cuba in April to gather material for a new seminar, it was a like walking into a live classroom. Mr. Raymer has been to other countries, but it was instructive to see proof of the inefficiencies of the command economy his organization helps teachers convey to Georgia middle-schoolers: A Read more
Cuba is often described as frozen in time, but World Affairs Council leaders see a future in the country if it will continue along the reform path.
Traffic through the Port of Savannah’s Garden City terminal grew by 10.4 percent in 2014, breaking the 3 million mark for the first time and leading into what officials hope will be another solid, if not record-breaking, year. The 3.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, solidified the port’s status as the top container port in the South. It was Read more
President Barack Obama’s surprise move to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba has spurred hopes of a new era of engagement between the long-estranged neighbors, but companies won’t go immediately pouring into an economy battered by 50 years of isolation, experts said. Mr. Obama’s regulatory changes, while marking a momentous shift, can’t undo an embargo enshrined in U.S. legislation since 1961. Read more
I never imagined that this president – or the next one, or the one after that — would call for the exchange of Cuban and U.S.ambassadors, for ending the embargo and for taking Cuba off the terrorist list. Supporters of these changes are calling Mr. Obama a bold statesman; opponents have tagged him the appeaser-in-chief.
Barbara Rose, president of the consulting firm for non-profits, New Generation Partnerships Inc., visited Cuba on a Nov. 8-16 Go Eat Give tour of the country. Go Eat Give is an organization that brings together people from around the globe through food and community service. The non-profit organization, which also identifies itself as “a movement,” creates Read more
As U.S. secretary of state from 1961-69 Georgia native Dean Rusk played a critical role in developing U.S. policy toward Cuba, which prohibited travel to the island and forbade U.S. citizens to conduct any financial and commercial transactions with the nation. Since 50 years have passed and the restrictions have been somewhat loosened, C. Donald Read more
It was half a century ago that Hector Romero won the lottery, but the payoff didn’t come immediately. The Cuban immigrant’s prize was the opportunity for education, hard work and ingenuity that would earn him a rewarding career in the logistics industry.
Now one of Atlanta‘s best-known customs brokers, Mr. Romero was one of about 14,000 Cuban children sent to Miami in the early 1960s…