Daily Briefings

Weekly Briefing — August 6, 2018

Forum: Will Cuba’s New Constitution Bring Major Changes? In a survey of leading pundits about the new Cuban constitution, approved in draft form July 22 by the National Assembly, The Dialogue’s Latin American Advisor examines the pros and cons. On the pro side, most agree that the new constitution takes a major step forward by recognizing and protecting […]

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Weekly Briefing – July 30, 2018

Lawmakers in Cuba Endorse New Constitution: The biggest news last week was the endorsement by more than 600 legislators in Cuba’s National Assembly of the nation’s new constitution. The approval reforms the 1976 constitution with key changes. Among them: Legalization of gay marriage; elimination of “communism” as state policy; term limitations for the presidency; power […]

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Weekly Briefing – July 20, 2018

Accelerated Reforms Mark First Three Months of New President: Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has made extraordinary progress in the 90 days since he has become president, reports the Council of the Americas. Under his leadership, the country has drafted a new constitution that will formalize the ownership of private property and diversify power between a […]

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Daily Briefing – July 16, 2018

Cuba’s New Constitution to Recognize Private Property: Cuba’s new constitution, the draft of which will be released next week, reportedly will officially recognize private property for the first time since the Revolution. The new constitution will also create the position of prime minister, along with president, state media reported on Saturday. The commission to change the […]

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Daily Briefing – July 12, 2018

Now is the Best Time to Visit Cuba, Says Bloomberg: Misinformation combined with Hurricane Irma have thinned the ranks of Americans visiting Cuba, all the more reason that now is the best time to go, says a Bloomberg report on luxury travel to Cuba. Fewer crowds, improved infrastructure, and new tourism offerings have improved the travel […]

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Daily Briefing – July 11, 2018

Private Sector Licenses to Renew, With Added Controls: The Cuban government announced yesterday that it would resume the issuing of licenses for private business in December, following a 16-month hiatus. The government also acknowledged that the private sector was vital to economic growth. However, the resumption of licensing comes with new controls, including strictly limiting one […]

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Daily Briefing – July 10, 2018

Three U.S. Airlines Bid for Delta’s Dropped Route to Havana: Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will be dropping its weekly New York to Havana flight beginning Sept. 1, and already three other U.S. airlines have bid for the route. American wants to add another weekly flight from Miami to Havana, JetBlue wants to add another weekly flight […]

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Daily Briefing – July 9, 2018

Castro Receives Personal Letter from Kim Jong-un: Former Cuban President Raul Castro, who remains head of the Cuban Communist Party, received a personal letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as part of the recent visit to Cuba by senior North Korean officials. Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK), met […]

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Daily Briefing – July 6, 2018

Cuban Property Fund to List on London Exchange: Aberdeen Standard Investments, a UK-based emerging markets closed-end fund manager, announced that it intends to list Ceiba Investments on the London Stock Exchange. Aberdeen is hoping to raise 100 million pounds sterling ($132 million) for the 17-year-old company, which is the largest fund investing exclusively in Cuba. Ceiba […]

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