Monday, March 30, 2015
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said Monday that she is planning a trip to Cuba as soon as diplomatic ties are renewed and that trading with the island can involve the U.S. business community in “positive change” in Cuba. Pritzker gave the keynote address at a Cuba forum called “Tampa at the Forefront of Historic Change” that was organized by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Tampa International Airport. “Our economy is showing a remarkable comeback,” she said. “Our businesses are exporting more than ever before. But our work is not complete.”
Cuba, a few decades late to the Internet era, is committed to getting the web into 50 percent of its households by 2020, as well as achieving 60 percent mobile phone access, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Monday. Cuba has one of the lowest Internet and mobile phone penetration rates in the world, but the recent U.S. rapprochement toward the Communist-led island may have added pressure to modernize.
President Evo Morales’ governing party suffered its most serious setback of nearly a decade in power in local and regional elections Sunday, according to unofficial results. Opposition candidates won the governor’s office in the La Paz region and the mayor’s seat in El Alto, the capital’s poorer sister city, the quick count results compiled for three broadcast networks showed. La Paz’s s opposition mayor, Luis Revilla, was re-elected.