Nine North American governors sent a letter to Congress leaders in Washington to request decisive steps to open the trade with Cuba and put an end to the blockade
“It’s time the Congress acts to remove the sanctions that prevent trips and the normal trade between our nation and Cuba", reads the letter dated last October 9.
The governors highlight the development of the Cuban agricultural purchases starting from a legislation change in year 2000, but indicate that a “sustainable business relationship” cannot be limited to a single sector or involve only transactions in one way.
"Although agricultural companies can legally export to Cuba under the current legislation, the financial restrictions set by the blockade limit the capacity of North American companies to get inserted in the Cuban market".
Competitors like Canada, Brazil, and the European Union are not subject to those limitations, are occupying spaces of the North American potential, refers the document.
To put an end to the blockade will create works and new opportunities in the North American agricultural sector and will open a market of 11 million inhabitants only 90 miles away, it adds.
In addition, in the letter the exchange potentialities between the two peoples are highlighted since the end of the restrictions for tourist trips of North American citizens, a constitutional right that is limited at present to 12 categories like cultural, scientific, journalistic reasons and people-to-people contacts.
The politicians showed their support to the executive measures taken by President Barack Obama, but encouraged the members of the Chamber of Representatives and the Senate to act and put an end to the blockade.
The letter was signed by governors Terry McAuliffe (Virginia), Jay Inslee (Washington), Thomas Wolf (Pennsylvania), Steve Bullock (Montana), Mark Dayton (Minnesota), Butch Otter (Idaho), Robert Bentley (Alabama), Jerry Brown (California) and Peter Shumlin (Vermont).
Since the announcements of last December 17 that opened a new chapter in the Cuba-United States relationships, several North American state delegations have arrived to the country to explore business opportunities and have criticized the restrictions that still remain.
- Published in Now