Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Agence France-Presse April 2, 2013 19:00

Cuba gears up for first free trade industry zone

Cuba on Tuesday unveiled rules for its first free trade manufacturing

zone, a vast $900 million project being paid for mostly by Brazil in the

port of Mariel near Havana.

The Mariel Special Development Zone, a major trial balloon being floated

by President Raul Castro's communist government, is slated to feature

manufacturing operations both for export and for the Cuban market, as

well as a megaport that would take over shipping now done in Havana.

The government on Tuesday published a legal decree in the Official

Gazette detailing rules for the area and its operations.

Brazilian multinational Odebrecht is handling the infrastructure on the

project, and Brazil is providing $640 million in financing, with Cuba

handling the rest.

Castro, 81, has taken steps to modernize some elements of the economy,

such as trimming state payrolls and allowing more types of

self-employment, but the state remains firmly in control of most

economic activity.

It was not immediately clear when manufacturing in the new free trade

zone would begin, but some port operations will start this month.


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