Rev­o­lu­tion­ary road

The Com­mu­nist country of Cuba is open­ing up to free trade, al­though it may prove to be a bumpy ride

Business Traveler (USA) - - DESTINATIONS - By Jenny Southan

there are now 12 cat­e­gories for au­tho­rized travel in­clud­ing“fam­ily vis­its”and“pro­fes­sional re­search and meet­ings.”In Au­gust, US air­lines were given ap­proval to start fly­ing to Ha­vana, with Amer­i­can Air­lines, Delta, Jet Blue and United among those set to launch routes.

Up un­til Nov. 9, when Don­ald Trump was elected 45th pres­i­dent of the United States, progress was un­fold­ing. Now things are a lit­tle more un­cer­tain as to the fu­ture di­rec­tion of this frag­ile re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two na­tions. Weeks be­fore the election Trump had de­clared that he would re­verse the con­ces­sions Obama had granted“un­less the Cas­tro regime meets our de­mands.”

Monica Lopez, who worked for the Bri­tish em­bassy for 18 years and is now head of prac­tice at Cuban busi­ness re­la­tions con­sul­tancy Cog­ni­cion, of­fers some re­as­sur­ance:“I am not par­tic­u­larly con­cerned by the election of Don­ald Trump when it comes to em­bargo reg­u­la­tions. Many of the changes are prac­ti­cally ir­re­versible and I trust that he is, above all, a busi­ness­man who can see the po­ten­tial of Cuba and take into ac­count the in­creased in­ter­est of US com­pa­nies.”

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