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FIHAV 2016: New Business Opportunities in Cuba


Businesspeople from 75 nations have confirmed their participation in the 34th Havana International Trade Fair, a figure that surpasses the registered participation in the previous edition of the fair, the Organizing Committee announced to the national press.

The Caribbean’s largest trade fair will take place from October 31 to November 4 in the ExpoCuba fairgrounds with the aim of promoting exports and foreign investments in prioritized sectors of the Cuban economy like tourism, energy, the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry, transportation, construction and commerce, among others.

For this purpose, an Investments Forum will be held on November 1 and 2 in order to promote and facilitate meetings between companies interested in investing in Cuba and the island’s agencies in charge of foreign capital in each of the prioritized sectors.

The initiative will open its program with the launching of the 2016 Opportunities Portfolio – the third edition of that document – and will bring about bilateral meetings between businesspeople and exchange of information and experiences.

Regarding this, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investments Rodrigo Malmierca told the press that the forum is a show of FIHAV’s consolidation as one of the principal commercial events in Latin America and the Caribbean that must contribute not just to the promotion of Cuban exports and to attract foreign capital but also to diversify to the fullest extent the nation’s international economic relations.

Moreover, according to the reports, Cuba will be represented at the fair by 325 entities, and the exhibition area covers the 25 pavilions of ExpoCuba.

The island’s principal trade partners, mainly Venezuela, China and Russia, will increase their participation.