3:30-5:00 p.m. – Roundtable
5:00-6:00 p.m. – Reception
Over the past two years, we have experienced the most dramatic shift in 55 years in the bilateral relationship between the United States and Cuba. Today, the two countries are poised for new dynamics in the bi-lateral relationship with a likely pivot under the new Administration.
The U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group is a platform started in 2014 for cooperative businesses and organizations in Cuba and the United States to engage in mutually beneficial exchanges and activities that support cooperative growth. The Group’s report being launched highlights the co-op sector in Cuba, including its current challenges and opportunities, and how U.S. cooperatives can engage with their Cuban counterparts through trade and technical exchanges.
Despite several barriers, the cooperative business model in Cuba, both in agriculture and non-agricultural sectors, has achieved some measurable successes. This year, for the first time, a Cuban cooperative has exported products to the United States (artisanal marabu charcoal), opening up channels for similar trade and export deals.
• What role are cooperatives currently playing in Cuba, and what is their current status?
• What are the key barriers to and opportunities for cooperative (and private sector) growth?
• How can U.S. cooperatives businesses working in agriculture, finance, health, energy, retail food, and other economic sectors engage with Cuban cooperatives?
• How do Congress and the Administration see these opportunities and what is on the agenda?
Please join us for this interactive roundtable to discuss the key report findings; prospects for continued U.S.-Cuba engagement on trade and other areas of cooperation under the new Administration; and an account of how a U.S. firm brokered the recent cooperative export deal and what that could mean for future deals.
Amy Coughenour Betancourt, COO, CLUSA International, NCBA CLUSA, founder of the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group
Luis Dueñas, President, SCENIUS
Andrew Fishbein, Policy and Advocacy Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas
Michael Hatley, Associate, Reneo Consulting, LLC
Cuban Embassy Representative (invited)
Alan Knapp, VP of Advocacy, NCBA CLUSA
Washington, DC 20006