Mexico´s Interjet Airlines Opens Weekly Flights to Central Cuba

Mexico´s Interjet Airline company it will operate two weekly flights as of July 14 to the central Cuban city of Santa Clara.

The announcement by the Cuban Tourism Ministry explains that the flights will be operated by A-330A airbus planes departing the Mexican capital.

Meanwhile, Interjet general director Jose Luis Garza stressed the opening of the new route to strengthen his company´s leadership in flights to the Caribbean nation.

The first flight will bring Interjet directives, tour operators and journalists and will be welcomed in Santa Clara by the local tourism authorities.

Mexico ranks 10th among Cuba´s tourist markets and the opening of the new Interjet connection joins others that connect Havana to Mexico City, Cancun, Merida and Monterrey, as well as another one between the Mexican capital and the popular tourist center of Varadero in western Cuba.

(Cuban News Agency)


Agricultural Delegation from Louisiana, USA, Travels to Cuba

Commissioner for Agriculture in Louisiana Mike Strain heads a commercial delegation that traveled today to Cuba to negotiate a potential export of food to this country.

The Cuban Embassy in the United States posted on its social networks the visit of Strain along with 94 representatives from the agricultural field, seeking to achieve a business trade with Cuba, valued at $400 million USD.

Strain said that it is important to land and be in Cuba because a very competitive scenario is coming.

He praised the quality of the rice grown in Louisiana and highlighted the favorable proximity of that region for the Cuban market, although he did not mentioned the economic, financial and commercial blockade set by the United States since 1962 and recently strengthened.

(Prensa Latina)

US House of Representatives Strengthens Blockade Against Cuba

The House of Representatives approved new restrictive measures against Cuba, a clear evidence that the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the US against the island remains in effect.

A set of measures were included in the draft budget for financial services, which was approved in the lower house of Congress.

The measures include bans to certain travels to Cuba, such as educational exchanges, as well as bans on importing goods confiscated by the Cuban government. Other measures prevent financial transactions involving Cuban military personnel.

The measures also prohibit the use of funds to approve the licensing of trademarks or trade names which were confiscated by the Cuban government without the express consent of the United States.

The anti-Cuban provisions remained in the bill, after two other amendments which were proposed by Congressmen Rick Crawford and Mark Sanford and that favored the elimination of restrictions on economic and social exchanges with Cuba were eliminated.

The anti-Cuban lobby group in the House of Representatives, composed of legislators Mario Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo, maintain an intense activity to prevent the approval of measures that seek to alleviate the blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba in 1962.

According to experts on the topic, US President Barack Obama will veto this bill.

(Prensa Latina)

Cuba, Mexico and U.S. discuss maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico

Representatives of Cuba, Mexico and the United States met in Mexico City July 5-7 to discuss maritime boundaries in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, also known as the Eastern Gap.

According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, this was the first technical meeting to achieve the delimiting of maritime boundaries.

In May 2009, Cuba made its presentation on the issue before the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the natural expansion of the island´s area on the continental shelf more than 200 nautical miles from its shores in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

The technical meeting was attended by the director of International Law at Cuba´s Foreign Ministry, Manuel Pirez; the Legal Advisor of Mexico´s Foreign Ministry, Alejandro Alday, and by the Legal Advisor of the US Department of State, Oliver Lewis.

The meeting was reportedly held in a respectful and professional environment as the three sides agreed to keep with those meetings on the important issue.

(Cuban News Agency)

Cuban Legislators Approve Guidelines Updating Until 2021

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Cuban legislators approved and supported today in plenary session the updating of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution for the 2016-2021 period.

Those guidelines, adopted in April during the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), were submitted for consideration by lawmakers from July 4 to 6, during the three working sessions of the 10 standing commissions of the Legislature.

Leonardo Andollo, deputy chief of the Standing Commission for Implementation and Development of the Guidelines, explained that the legislators approved that document during their discussions.

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There is no room for improvisation or defeatism

Speaking during the plenary session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, July 8, President Raúl  Castro Ruz, insisted, “When facing difficulties and threats, there is no room for improvisation or defeatism.”

In an explication of the current economic conjuncture, Raúl commented that a June 25 Council of Ministers meeting and Party Central Committee Plenum, July 7, had both concentrated their analysis on the economy’s performance during the first half of the year.

“In December of 2015, I explained that financial limitations were being projected as a consequence of a reduction in income, as well as effects on mutually beneficial, advantageous cooperative relations with several countries, in particular with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, subjected to an economic war meant to weaken support for its revolution,” Raúl said.

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Party Central Committee Plenum meets

Yesterday afternoon, July 7, the 2nd plenum of the current Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba met, with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz presiding, to discuss the performance of the economy.

Presented were details of reports on the execution of the economic plan during the first six months of the year, and the close-out of last year’s state budget, both recently discussed by the Council of Ministers.

Central Committee members emphasized the need to eliminate unnecessary expenses, promote more conservation, and careful control of resources.

Discussion on these economic issues will continue at the National Assembly during its plenary session today, July 8.