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.

Introduction:

The Cuba Initiative is one of the three membership organisations at The Caribbean Council. The Cuba Initiative was 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. The Lord Hutton of Furness. A parallel and similar body in Havana is chaired by Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister for Trade and Investment.

Objectives:

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

Member Benefits:

All Cuba Initiative members receive:

  • Invitations to our regular Cuba related events with high level business individuals, members from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Embassy in London and Cuba.
  • Subscription to our weekly publication, Cuba Briefing
  • Access to our consultancy services on an agreed basis
  • Active business referrals

For further information about our membership benefits, please visit the ‘Become a Member’ page

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