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U.S. Rep. Crawford: Momentum building to remove Cuba trade restrictions via Talk Business

There could be a $6 billion export market annually from the U.S. to Cuba, Engage Cuba Coalition President James Williams said. Crawford and Williams held a conference call Thursday with business leaders from around the country.

“This is an incredibly important time to talk about this issue … no business would continue a strategy that has failed for 55 years,” Williams said.

Cuba agriculture imports could top $2 billion in the coming years, Williams said. The main impediment for agriculture producers in the U.S. is that the federal government requires all transactions to be cash only. Credit cannot be extended, Crawford said.

Cuban project for air-maritime cooperation in the Caribbean via CubaDebate

Havana.- Strengthening the air-sea connection between the countries of the ASC is today among the objectives of Cuba in the Cooperation Conference of the entity to be held here from March 8 to 11, experts said. According to Pedro Suarez, specialist for Latin America of the Cuban Ministry of Transport, the national delegation will present the project “Port Maritime Strategy of the Greater Caribbean”, designed to provide exporters and importers in the area and the world with all information on transportation services and Existing routes.

The XVI International Drum Festival  Guillermo Barreto in Memoriam brings together percussionists from half a dozen countries in Havana via LatinPress

The Mella Theater will be the stage for that who was the former director of Son Yoruba band and adviser of many folk groups in Cuba and Latin America, followed by a show dedicated to dance and drum.

Groups Nsila Cheche, Sintesis, and singers Luna Manzanares and Heidy Chapman, will accompany the performances of companies Salsa Mambo and Chachacha, Santiago Alfonso, Malpaso, JJ and Raices Profundas.

The international percussion competition for which almost 100 aspirants have been registered will also begin today at Sala Avenida theater.

In addition to these two stages, the Mella Theater Gardens, the Music Hall at the Havana neighborhood of Miramar, the Havana-based Salon Rosado de La Tropical, the scene of main dance music groups in Cuba, and El Elegante lounge at Riviera Hotel, will gather more than 1,500 dancers and musicians from half a dozen countries.

Cuban percussionist and president of the organizing committee, Giraldo Piloto, highlighted the performances by Americans Mark Guiliana and Will Calhoun, as well as Norwegians Per and Hans Mathisen, who will promote their most recent album in Havana.

The festival will also receive Memo Acevedo (Colombia), Jaquelene (Canada), Nanny Assis (United States) and Marcus Santos (Brazil), while serving as a point of encounter for the members of Uruguayan band Candombe Fussion 2. Organized by the National Center for Popular Music, the program of the Drum Festival will include concerts, keynote speeches and percussion, rumba (as of 15 years) and casino dance competitions; the latter opened for the first time to all ages.