The Cuba Working Group (CWG) includes corporate leaders from the worlds of banking, financial services, energy, telecommunications, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, and law. Working group meetings look at the steps companies can take under current U.S. restrictions to pre-position themselves for future investment. This effort has produced a series of papers on regulations and laws affecting U.S. business activity under the U.S. embargo and in Cuba.
White Papers & Reports
- February 2013: Seven Steps the U.S. President Can Take to Promote Change in Cuba by Adapting the Embargo. Written by the Cuba Working Group, this report proposes seven specific steps that President Barack Obama can take to encourage private organizations and individuals to directly and indirectly serve as catalysts for meaningful economic change in Cuba. Based on an extensive analysis of legal, regulatory, and policy precedent, the proposed steps are feasible under existing executive authority and do not require congressional action.
- April 2011: Supporting Small Business in Cuba: Recommendations for Private and Public Sector Leaders. Written in collaboration with the Cuba Study Group and with assistance from the Center Financial Inclusion at ACCION International, this white paper outlines recommendations for private- and public-sectors leaders to support the development of a small-business and self-employment sector in Cuba. In light of the ongoing economic reform process in Cuba, the report outlines specific steps that can be taken by the Cuban government, the U.S. government, NGOs and foundations to assist independent small and micro-entrepreneurs in Cuba.
- July 2010: Empowering the Cuban People through Technology: Recommendations for Private and Public Sector Leaders. Written in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and the Cuba Study Group, this white paper explores how U.S. policymakers can craft legislative and regulatory changes that help Cubans gain access to IT and social media tools. The paper also looks at ways that social media companies can increase access and usability from within Cuba and steps that can be taken by both the private and public sectors to help Cuba close its technology gap in the future.