Students from the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague present research results on projects with potential for investment in Cuba´s agriculture and food sector.
The Hague, December 17, 2019. The Ambassador of Cuba to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Soraya Alvarez and diplomatic officials of the Cuban mission participated in the presentation and defense of the research conducted by a group of students from the Minor Program from the University of Applied Sciences in The Hague on investment opportunities in Cuba in the agriculture and food sector, one of the sectors prioritized in the country's investment portfolio.
This activity served as a conclusion to the 3-month research carried out by the students, which counted also on the Embassy in an advisory capacity, by mission diplomats Mrs. Susellys Pérez Mesa, First Secretary and Mr. José Pérez Lazo, Second Secretary.
The research was based on the consultation and analysis of the opportunities offered by the Cuban investment portfolio, as well as other documents essential for the promotion of investments, such as the applicable legal framework for these activities. They also considered the strengths of Cuba´s business environment, which include among others, social stability, legal protections, the existence of infrastructure and communications networks, and a highly qualified local workforce. The incentives provided by the Special Development Zone Mariel were also addressed as additional relevant opportunities for investments in the Caribbean island.
Given the well-known strengths of the Netherlands in the agricultural sector, the existence of traditional trade relations between Cuba and the Netherlands, the study´s practical approach also addressed specific recommendations on investment opportunities, identified in 8 projects which are part of the business opportunities portfolio for Cuba, which could attract the interest of several Dutch companies.