Cuba is moving from a state-controlled economy to a stable and expanding market economy.
Tourists can find Nikes, Colgate and Marlboros, Gillette Series shaving cream and Jordache jeans – all are easy to find. Cubans who wear contact lenses can buy Bausch & Lomb. Parents can surprise the kids with a Mickey Mouse fire truck.
They’re in the lobbies of gleaming government run hotels and in crowded supermarkets and pharmacies that answer to the government. Wholesalers and distributors in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Canada routinely sell some of America’s most recognizable brands to Cuban importers. (Today News)
The Cuban government subsidizes food, housing and utilities. Education, including university level, is free. Cuba has a 99.8 percent literacy rate; classroom size is 12-1. From the beginning, the government set health care as a priority. Today, Cuba has 70,000 qualified doctors; the whole of Africa has 50,000. Medical care is free in Cuba (Terry Marshall wrote this blog. Ann Marshall edited it. http://www.yourlanguageguide.com/life-in-cuba.html)
International Living has produced a comprehensive report on Cuba that explores its culture, its economy, and its lifestyle.
Information about Cuba, whether you are interested in visiting, investing in, or living in Cuba …or are just interested in learning more about the country: http://www1.internationalliving.com/sem/country/cuba/bing/search/travel-lp.php
Cuban Business in Canada
Cuba and Canada have had a vibrant history of cooperation for tourism and services.
The Canadian Trade Commission Service in Havana can assist enterprises with information on Cuban investment. That department promotes Canadian trade for economic interests, services or technologies.
That department offers opportunities for Canadian companies in the following sectors:
- Agricultural Technology & Equipment
- Infrastructure, Building Products and Related Services
- Sustainable Technologies (Cleantech)
- Oil and Gas
CTCS also assists Cuban’s with information regarding investment and trade opportunities in Canada. Canada has a website for investors to check out located in Cuba.
Find A Trade Commissioner: http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/find-trade-contacts.jsp