Cuba receives over three millions tourists per year. Once American citizens can visit en masse, that figure will double in short time. The injection of hard currency into Cuba’s economy will set in motion waves of investment by both private and public investors, keen to upgrade the island’s infrastructure including new roads, port modernization, fixed and wireless telephony, an expanded power grid, and more efficient payment infrastructure.
The Cuba Investment Forum (www.cubainvestmentforum.com) will take place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on May 12, 2016 at the Westin Beach Resort and will bring together internationally recognized industry speakers, investors, government officials, and C level executives from the finance, tourism, energy, infrastructure, and telecommunications industries. The geographic scope for the event will cover Cuba with a focus on the opportunities in Miami, Mexico and the outlook for Caribean integration.
Some of the confirmed speakers include:
Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration at US DOC
Juan Lamiguero Leon, Deputy Chief of Mission - Cuban Interests Section at Embassy of Cuba
Charles Baker, General Director at Mariel Port Container Terminal
Steven Swan, Director of International Business at Southwest Airlines
Mark Entwistle, Former Ambassador of Canada to Cuba and Managing Partner at Acasta Cuba Capital
Yosbel A. Ibarra, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Latin American and Iberian Practice at Greenberg Traurig
Teo Babun, Director of HERZFELD/CUBA Alternative Investment
Steve Marshall, Director at Cuba Ventures Corp
Jay Brickman, Vice President - Government Services and Cuba Service at Crowley Maritime
Alejandro Moreno, General Manager & Head of Business Development - LATAM at Canadian Solar Inc.
Harry Negron, Business Development Director at IDT Telecom
David Lenigas, Chairman of Leni Gas Cuba Limited
Darren Ware, Smart Cities Latin America at Cisco
Fernando X. Donayre, Chief Investment Officer at Inca Investments
John Price, Managing Director at Americas Market Intelligence
Michelle DiGruttolo, Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group
David Lewis, Vice President at Manchester Trade Ltd. Inc.
The forum’s aim is three fold:
I. Inform participants of the most relevant and up-to-date facts on the ground in Cuba, intelligence provided by informed and seasoned experts who work inside the country.
II. Provide essential guidance to investors on the political and legal process being shaped in Washington that will govern how US companies engage with Cuba.
III. Share the best practices and lessons learned of foreign investors and exporters who have succeeded with their business ventures in Cuba.
For more information, visit: www.cubainvestmentforum.com