President of Brazil at Inauguration of the Enlargement of the Port of Mariel
With slow steps we see Cuba change their closed policy and begin to open up to the world, trying to emulate the dictatorial but successful Chinese Government.
As well as with the repowering of the port of Mariel, one of the best located of the Caribbean on the East-West route (if not the best), which pass the megaships, will be located in the Big Leagues of business of transshipment in the world, which only a few can be accessed. Details as below:
President Raúl Castro and his Brazilian colleague Dilma Rousseff inaugurated in late January the extension of the port of Mariel, about 45 kilometers west of Havana, which that placed the island in regional trade. Brazil is proud to be associated with Cuba in this which is the first terminal of the Caribbean with capacity container port to join the inter-oceanic logistics chain, said Rousseff the eve of the opening of the II Summit of the Community of States of Latin America and the Caribbean.on the route of the main flows of maritime transportation in our hemisphere Rousseff said her country financed this first stage of the expansion of the port with some $802 million, with the participation of some 400 Brazilian companies and, for a second stage that includes a nearby special area development (free trade zone), Brazil will have $290 million more. For Castro, “Mariel will be the main gateway of input and output of the Cuban foreign trade and its geographical location on the route of the main flows of maritime transportation in our hemisphere, adding that still much to be done: now starts a new stage, in which we intend to foster important domestic and foreign investment in the special zone development Mariel”.
Built by the Brazilian company Odebrecht, the port will be operated by the company Global Ports Management Limited of Singapore. Brazilian companies Odebrecht and Souza Cruz signed separate memorandums of understanding on investment with the area of Mariel regulatory office, said the general director of the institution, Ana Teresa Igarza, who explained that her office had received more than 70 applications to invest and more than one hundred approaches to information. The officer agreed not to give the names of companies to respect confidentiality, but pointed out that they come mainly from Spain, Italy, Russia, Brazil, China, the most numerous; they were also Nations like Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico and Canada, among others. Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment in Cuba, Antonio Caricarte, said for his part that the country was working on a new law on foreign investment which must be submitted to the vote of the Cuban National Assembly in the first quarter of the year.