C100 Assists in Cuba Trade Effort



C100 Assists in Cuba Trade Effort

Cuban Embassy officials in Washington DC requested C100 assistance in meeting with Louisiana business, government and port officials during their two day meeting schedule in New Orleans this week.

Rubén Ramos Arrieta , Minister Consular-Economic and Trade Consular, Embassy of Cuba; Yanet Stable Cardenas, First Secretary; Alejandro Cardet Chaveco, VP of Operations, ALIMPORT; Ariel Fiallo Semino, Director Comercial, ALIMPORT; Juan Jose Leon Vega, Official Ambassador, Cuba Ministry of Agriculture, International Affairs Division and Enrique Valdés Cárdenas, Subdirector, Dirección América del Norte del MINCEX, Ministry of International Trade comprised the delegation from the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC.

Michael Olivier was contacted by Minister Ramos to coordinate the meetings that included Senate and House leadership members, Senator Conrad Appel and Representative Walt Leger; Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain, former US Senator Mary Landrieu, Vice Mayor of New Orleans Andy Kopplin, WTC N.O. Director Dominik Knoll, LED staff William Marshall, C100 Chair Tom Clark and past Chair Bill Hines in an effort to set the stage for a future trade mission to be lead by Governor John Bel Edwards. LED will be the lead agency to coordinate this mission in cooperation with the LA Department of Agriculture, Committee of 100 and Louisiana Port Authorities.

Olivier is the CEO of the Committee of 100 and served as Secretary of Economic Development under former Governor Kathleen Blanco and secured a multimillion dollar agreement to sell commodities to the Cuban buying agency ALIMPORT. The C100 is interested in supporting Louisiana’s initiative to build ties between Louisiana and Cuba. Because of Olivier’s experience in Cuba related activities he will be working with Secretary Pierson and his team, especially in the early planning stages.

The Ports of Lake Charles, New Orleans and South Louisiana have prepared Memorandums of Understanding that will be signed with the Cuban Ports Authority. Each of these Louisiana ports have visited Cuba and done business with Cuba.

“Helping to establish new business relationships by facilitating and hosting meetings such as these only serves to expand opportunities for Louisiana businesses that collectively benefits the Louisiana economy and is a fundamental mission of C100,” said Tom Clark, Chairman, C100. “We are happy to have been asked to help and look forward to continuing in this role.”