Cuban leaders eye new port as economic lifeline — York Dispatch

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Cuban leaders new port economic lifeline

this Nov. 2013 photo, fishing boats anchored on opposite shore a port construction in Bay of Cuba. Authorities high hopes Mariel could a strategic center _ if the lifts its embargo and sending container south.

MARIEL, still moves in this dusty hamlet squat homes narrow streets, some walk with parasols ward off pounding tropical

Best known the launch of a maritime exodus the U.S. 1980, the town of has practically traffic and play freely the streets worrying their But all about to with the of a modern, $900 port and commercial zone and around town’s formerly harbor.

The island Communist authorities high hopes Mariel could a strategic centerespecially if U.S. lifts 51-year-old embargo starts sending ships south. suspect the impact on may be modest, reflecting country’s long-stagnant

Plans to the Port Mariel began 2009 when determined the main harbor Havana is shallow for deeper-draft post-Panamax which starting 2015 will crossing through expanded Panama and carry increasing share regional cargo.

Port of could. contribute a revival Cuban foreign more so there are in relations the United said Arturo an economist lecturer at University of

During a visit by Associated Press, helmeted workers the port

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zone building what like a warehouse while arrived loaded construction materials. of yards of docks nearly completed, of the expected opening next year.

ability to in deeper-draft would let keep pace global shipping and accommodate cargo. Hopes equally high the adjacent, (465-square-kilometer) industrial and special zone, which launched Nov.

Simply swapping port for however, won’t enough to Cuba’s rickety which relies on food other imports making most its foreign from tourism, mining and export of such as of thousands medical professionals.

hope to foreign firms invest and up shop the development with a on industries as food, renewable energy, and telecommunications.

Foreign companies answer the will be from paying on labor, and sales services, at at first. rates will to 12 on profits a decade operation and percent on and services 12 months.

will be world-class special said Ana Igarza, director the office the development during a about the last week.

are no statistics on foreign investment, other figures such inflows have waned the past Earlier this the government 190 mixed-ownership were operating the country, with 400 in the 2000s.

At port presentation the Havana Fair, some expressed skepticism rules prohibiting companies from employees directly, forcing them contract with through a employment agency. also bemoaned lack of office space other infrastructure.

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One diplomat attended said inability to employees independently doing business and worried the zone suffer from same cumbersome that plagued smaller development in Cuba.

companies will doubt be to set shop knowing U.S. embargo would almost prohibit them selling their in the States and their Cuban could complicate trade they with Uncle Embargo rules ships from in the States for months after in Cuban

Cuban officials betting Mariel be attractive to overcome problems.

To extent (the may affect development of special zone, can’t calculate, Trade Minister Malmierca said. are of opinion that the embargo, will still

Malmierca also Cuba is to support protect the the industrial Foreign investments be expropriated.

which is No. 2 partner in America after benefactor Venezuela, providing credit pay two-thirds the project’s

Igarza said Chinese, German, Mexican, Russian, and Vietnamese have expressed


I think (Mariel) will interest among businesspeople, said Parejas, an at LeoProex, Barcelona, Spain-based that offers and commerce

For the of Mariel, port means unknown number new jobs, window into global economy perhaps a more cars the streets.

Before, this a small town with dock where boats would in, said Ramon Reyes, 85-year-old barber cuts his hair on front porch his modest Now it this is to be second Havana.

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