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.


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.


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