NCBA CLUSA led a research and education trip to Cuba in July 2014 to gain a clearer picture of the cooperative movement there, which observers say is playing an increasingly significant role in the country's push for economic development.
U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group researches Co-op movement in country
United States President Barack Obama announced plans in December 2014 to normalize diplomatic ties with Cuba, marking a historic shift in U.S. – Cuba relations and better positioning the U.S. cooperative movement to support Cuba's emerging co-op sector.
NCBA CLUSA prepared to engage with growing Cuban co-op sector through U.S. cooperatives
NCBA CLUSA's March 2015 launch of the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group took place simultaneously with negotiations by the U.S. Government to begin rebuilding the economic relationship between the two countries and drew the attention of Washington, D.C.-area media and officials.
< NCBA CLUSA promotes Cuba's emerging co-op sector at formal launch of U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group
During his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall said co-ops are the bedrock of a market-based economy in Cuba.
Watch NCBA CLUSA CEO Mike Beall testify before the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on U.S. – Cuba trade
NCBA CLUSA's U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group hosted a delegation of five Cubans from Cuba's emerging cooperative sector in May 2015 as part of Co-op Week. The delegation met with members of Congress, toured local co-ops and spoke on a panel at American University.
NCBA CLUSA's U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group highlights Cuban experience during American University panel discussion
Nearly one year after its initial research and education trip to Cuba, the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group returned to the country to participate in an international workshop focused on local development, including the role of cooperatives.
Second NCBA CLUSA trip to Cuba advances U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group
As part of its work to promote and link U.S. and Cuban cooperatives, NCBA CLUSA signs an historic agreement with SCENIUS, a non-agricultural professional services cooperative. It is the first formal agreement between the countries' co-op sectors.
NCBA CLUSA sign MOU with Cuban cooperative to advance the sector