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Entrepreneurial Cuba: A Discussion on Cuba's Emerging Non-State Sector

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 2, 2015


(Image: Seb Agudelo)

In 2011, Cuban President Raúl Castro began the process of reforming policies toward entrepreneurs and small, private enterprises. Join Ted Henken and Archibald Ritter as they present their book Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape,* which analyzes the evolution of Cuban policy since 1959. Henken and Ritter will discuss Cuba’s fledgling non-state sector, the underground economy, the new cooperative sector, Cuban entrepreneurs’ responses to the new business environment, and how Obama’s new policy of entrepreneurial engagement might impact Cuba’s “cuentapropistas.”

*Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


  • Ted A. Henken, Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies, Baruch College, CUNY
  • Archibald R.M. Ritter, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Economics, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • Alana Tummino, Policy Director, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Senior Editor, Americas Quarterly (Moderator)

Registration Fee: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Sarah Bons | | 212-277-8363
Press: Adriana La Rotta | | 212-277-8384
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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