Cuba Initiative

The Cuba Initiative seeks to improve and strengthen the relationship between the UK and Cuba and to catalyse trade and investment between the two countries.

Cuba Initiative

About the Initiative

The Cuba Initiative was founded in 1995 in response to a request from the Governments of the United Kingdom and Cuba for an independent, bi-lateral, non-governmental body able to support and develop programmes that enhance the UK/Cuban relationship.

As such, the work of the Cuba Initiative complements the official UK/Cuban government-to-government relationship. The principal focus of the Cuba Initiative is on trade and investment.

The present Chairman of the UK-side of the Initiative is the Rt. Hon. Lord Hutton of Furness, who was an MP until 2010 serving in the last Government as Secretary of State for Business and then as Secretary of State for Defence. A parallel and similar body in Havana is chaired by Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister for Trade and Investment.

The Cuba Initiative seeks to enhance bilateral relations by facilitating for its members and others, regular meetings with Cuban ministers and officials; the exchange of delegations between ministries, governments and parliaments; the organisation of seminars and conferences; the dissemination of information; and the provision of services to a broadly based membership.

The Cuba Initiative fosters a closer economic, trade and investment relationship and to deliver a sustained increase in trade and investment in all sectors. Priority is afforded to key strategic sectors:

  • Tourism
  • Energy and mining
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
  • IT and communications
  • Agriculture
  • Finance

Cuba Briefing

Cuba Briefing is the weekly electronic newsletter provided exclusively to members and subscribers containing independent economic, political and commercial information on Cuba.   Existing members find it an essential tool for doing business in Cuba as it enables them to keep up to date with developments without having to access a variety of different news sources.

Members of the Cuba Initiative receive a subscription to Cuba Briefing as part of their membership package.


Membership packages

Corporate Membership

£500 exc VAT pa

Corporate membership is intended for medium sized companies and associations that are either already in the market or are seeking an introduction to the market for the first time.  It confers the following benefits to members:

  • A weekly electronic newsletter, “Cuba Briefing” which provides insight into political, economic, sporting and cultural developments in Cuba as well as other informative and specialist articles.
  • Invitations to attend all-Party Parliamentary receptions and meetings on Cuba.
  • Participation in both outward and inward delegations at a discounted member rate.
  • An invitation to the annual parliamentary reception, usually held at the House of Lords
  • Invitations to attend Cuba Initiative seminars and meetings

Corporate  membership is £500+ VAT per annum.

Premier Membership

Membership of the Executive Business Committee is by invitation, but those interested in joining the committee should indicate their interest to the Cuba Initiative.

In addition to the benefits of regular membership, Executive Committee Members also receive:

  • Presentations by Cuba Initiative staff to company management and staff where relevant
  • Invitations to selected lunches and dinners with Government Ministers, officials and country experts
  • The facilitation, wherever possible, of meetings both in Cuba and London

“Executive Business Committee” price on application please email Emily Soar at for more information.

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