Cuba’s Suggestions for Additional U.S. Relaxation of the Embargo

On October 20 Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, published the following suggestions for additional U.S. executive orders relaxing the embargo:
“1- Allow Cuba to open travel information offices in the United States.

2- Authorize exports to Cuba of U.S. products for essential sectors of the island’s economy, such as mining, tourism, biotechnology, and oil, among others.

3- Authorize imports of Cuban products to the U.S, beyond those produced by the non-state sector.

4- Authorize imports to the U.S. of goods manufactured or containing products grown, produced or made by Cuban state entities (nickel, sugar, tobacco, rum and others). To date, only biopharmaceutical products are permitted.

5- Allow exports to Cuba of medical supplies and equipment which can be used in the production of biotechnological products on the island.

6- Allow broader forms of collaboration for the development, marketing and supply of Cuban medicines and biomedical products, such as direct investment by U.S. companies and joint ventures.

7- Authorize the sale of the raw materials Cuba requires to produce medicines for the country’s population and those of other developing nations.

8- Authorize U.S. companies to sell Cuban medical treatments in the U.S.

9- Allow U.S. citizens to receive and pay for medical treatment in Cuba.

10- Allow Cuban entities (banks, enterprises, etc.) to open bank accounts in the U.S.

11- Instruct U.S. representatives in international financial institutions not to block the granting of credits and other financial facilities to Cuba.

12- Allow U.S. citizens and companies to make investments in Cuba, beyond those approved within the telecommunications sector.

13- Authorize U.S. subsidiaries unrelated to the import and export of goods to Cuba (the latter prohibited under the Torricelli Act) to do business with Cuba, such as providing services.

14- Authorize U.S. companies to carry out all transactions and exports related to the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons located in Cuba’s Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE).

15- Authorize U.S. companies to carry out all transactions and exports for the prevention of oil spills in Cuba’s ZEE or territorial waters.

16- Authorize foreign companies to use off-shore oil exploration and extraction platforms, which have more than 25% U.S. made components.

17- Authorize foreign exploration platforms to participate in the search for oil in Cuba’s ZEE and use U.S. technological products.

18- Eliminate the Specially Designated Nationals List, which includes Cuban entities and/or foreign companies with interests in Cuba. Once featured on the list, these entities are subjected to all blockade regulations and are thus restricted from undertaking commercial and financial transactions with the U.S., or foreign companies affiliated with the U.S. in third countries.”

If indeed such executive orders are permissible under the complicated U.S. statutes regarding the embargo, then the U.S. should make these changes.



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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

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  1. This is similar to a recommendations made by legal experts from 8 NGOs working on Ending the embargo in Washington DC.

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