Ambassador promotes in Finland business and investment opportunities in Cuba

Helsinki, March 13th, 2018. The Ambassador of Cuba to Finland, H.E. Mr. Eduardo Lazo Pérez, shared today in this capital information about business and investment opportunities in Cuba to representatives of several companies and institutions that attended the event "Yours to Discover-Seminar on Central America and the Caribbean", organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland, in association with Business Finland, FinnCham and the Finnish-Latin American Trade Association.

During his speech, the Cuban Ambassador had the opportunity to explain some of the facilities offered by Cuban legislation on investment, the current Portfolio of Foreign Investment Opportunities in Cuba 2017-2018 and the possibilities offered by the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone. At the same time, he referred to the Finnish companies that have established relations with Cuba and encouraged businessmen from the Nordic country to use the advantages and security offered by Cuba. Answering questions from the public, the Ambassador put some examples of the extraterritorial effects in Finland and Europe of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, policy condemned by the international community.

The opening words of the Seminar were in charge of H.E. Mr. Matti Anttonen, Permanent Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland, who expressed the interest of his country in expanding relations, particularly commercial and business ties, with the Central American and Caribbean region that offers multiple options to companies in Finland.

Senior officials from the Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the Seminar, as well as ambassadors, diplomatic officials and delegates from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and the Dominican Republic, representatives of The Caribbean Council and the main Finnish financial institutions. The closing words were made by H.E. Mr. Roy Eriksson, Ambassador of Finland for the Central America area and H.E. Mr. Jukka Pietikäinen, Finland's roving Ambassador for the Caribbean region.

At the end of the Seminar, representatives of several Finnish companies had the opportunity to exchange directly with the Cuban Ambassador (Report: Embassy of Cuba in Finland)

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