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Presentations given at the 2003 U.S.-Cuba Business Summit:
(Note that these presentations are in Powerpoint format and require the Powerpoint application to view. Click on a presentation to download the Powerpoint file.)

Cuba 2003
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Cubalse Corporate Group
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Cuban Ports - Present and Future Secure
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For more information on Alamar-sponsored U.S.-Cuba Business Conferences, email Alamar.

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Associated Press
Associated Press

"Fidel Castro meets with more than 100 Americans before leaving for Asia"

HAVANA (AP) - Dressed in black suit and tie and occasionally checking his wristwatch, President Fidel Castro left his Asia-bound plane waiting almost four hours to the tarmac late Wednesday so he could chat with more than 100 visiting Americans.

American farm representatives in town for a U.S.-Cuba business summit and a group of women business leaders from Seattle, Washington, gathered in Havana's Conventions Palace Wednesday evening for a lively question and answer session with the communist leader, participants in the meeting said Thursday.

"He kept saying: 'I have to go, I have to go,' but I don't think he wanted to leave!" said Jeri Rice, board member of the Center for Women & Democracy at the University of Washington. "He was really enjoying himself."

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Fidel Castro meets with participants of U.S.-Cuba Business Conference

President Fidel Castro meets with participants of U.S.-Cuba Business Conference at Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, Feb. 19, 2003 -(from left) Raul de la Nuez, Minister of Trade; Ricardo Alarcon, President of National Assembly; U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell; Juanita Vera (translator standing); President Fidel Castro; Kirby Jones, President of Alamar Associates; U.S. Senator Kent Conrad; Pedro Alvarez, Chairman of Alimport; John Moore, Lt. Gov. of Kansas.

"A package of news briefs from the Caribbean"

HAVANA (AP) - Cuban officials are negotiating tens of millions of dollars worth ofnew food purchases with American farm representatives who attended a U.S.-Cuba Business Conference this week, the head of the island's food import concern said Wednesday.

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Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington (standing) with President Castro and Kirby Jones

Seated from left: Senator Maria Cantwell from Washington, President Castro, and Kirby Jones (Juanita Vera, translator, standing) at February, 2003, U.S.-Cuba Business Conference in Havana.

"Cuba negotiating to buy millions in U.S. farm products"
HAVANA (AP) - Cuban officials are negotiating tens of millions of dollars worth of new food purchases with American farm representatives who attended a U.S.-Cuba Business Conference this week, the head of the island's food import concern said Wednesday.

Pedro Alvarez, president of Cuba's food import-export company Alimport, told reporters that contract details were being worked out and would be announced in the coming days.

"Every day there is more interest for normalizing commercial relations and travel," Alvarez said, referring to the restrictions that still remain on most American trade with and travel to the communist-run island. "This event was truly successful."

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Fidel Castro, Kirby Jones, and Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota

President Fidel Castro, Kirby Jones, and Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota together in Havana at February, 2003, U.S.-Cuba Business Conference.

"[Sen. Kent] Conrad arrives in Cuba on trade visit"
WASHINGTON (AP) - Opening U.S. markets to Cuba could hurt sugar-beet farmers already facing poor prices and hamper struggling sugar production in Cuba, Sen. Kent Conrad says.

Conrad, D-N.D., supports open trade with Cuba and is there this week to meet with government and trade officials.

Conrad said Cuba has closed 70 sugar mills because of poor international prices. He will discuss how trade between the United States and Cuba could be opened in a way that doesn't hurt the sugar market when he meets with Cuban officials who work in the country's sugar industry on Friday.

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