U.S. Chamber’s Donohue to Lead Delegation to Cuba


U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue will lead an executive delegation to Cuba next week to develop a better understanding of the country’s current economic environment and the state of its private sector.

“Since I was last in Cuba 15 years ago, a reform program has reportedly taken 600,000 workers from government payrolls and allowed the number of self-employed entrepreneurs in the country to triple to more than 450,000,” Donohue said. “This trip will provide us with a first-hand look at changes in Cuba’s economic policies and whether or not they are affecting the ability to do business there.”

Steve Van Andel, chairman of the U.S. Chamber’s Board of Directors and of Alticor Corporation, and Marcel Smits, CFO of the Cargill Corporation, will travel with Donohue as part of the Chamber delegation. While in Havana, delegation members will meet with a variety of entrepreneurs, private cooperatives…

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