Global Trade Initiatives at the College of Charleston and the South Carolina World Trade Center Charleston will host a mini-conference April 17 called "Opportunities in Cuba for South Carolina Businesses."
The conference, scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Tate Center for Entrepreneurship, will bring in various experts and speakers to discuss trade with Cuba. Douglas Friedman, director of the Latin American and Caribbean studies program at the college, will provide an overview of Cuba and its economic system.
Jake Colvin from the National Foreign Trade Council will make a presentation on the Helms-Burton Act in relation to U.S.-Cuban trade. Others speakers include Jack Maybank of Maybank Industries, which is sponsoring the event, and Maria Conchita Mendez from the Alabama State Port Authority.
Although trade with Cuba is under an embargo, all trade is not restricted. A Global Trade Initiatives representative said more opportunities could open up with President Barack Obama potentially loosening restrictions. South Carolina is positioned to take advantage of this because of its location and port, among other factors, the representative said.
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