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06BRIDGETOWN2156
2006-12-07 15:16:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Bridgetown
Cable title:  

BARBADOS AND CUBA - LIBERTAD ACT REVIEW

Tags:   ETRD  ETTC  PREL  CU  BB  XL 
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FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3864
INFO RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA PRIORITY 0055
RUEHCV/USDAO CARACAS VE PRIORITY
						
					
C O N F I D E N T I A L BRIDGETOWN 002156 SIPDIS SIPDIS DEPT FOR WHA/CCA AND WHA/CAR E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/29/2016 TAGS: ETRD ETTC PREL CU BB XL SUBJECT: BARBADOS AND CUBA - LIBERTAD ACT REVIEW REF: STATE 191752 Classified By: CDA Mary Ellen T. Gilroy for reasons 1.4(b) and (d). (C) The five questions in reftel are answered below, in a Q and A format: ----------- Investments ----------- Q1 - What is the nature of investments (and names, if known) that host country businesses have in Cuba? A1 - The Canadian energy company Sherritt (www.sherritt.com) has set up two offshore companies in Barbados that it uses as a platform for investments in Cuba. The significant tax savings Canadian companies enjoy in Barbados, coupled with Barbados' tax and investment treaties with Cuba, mean there may be other Canadian companies using offshore subsidiaries in Barbados to enter the Cuban market. ---------------- Trade Agreements ---------------- Q2 - Are there any bilateral trade agreements between host country and Cuba? A2 - Yes. Barbados has active bilateral tax and investment treaties with Cuba. In addition, CARICOM has a trade agreement with Cuba that Barbados has ratified. ----------------- Exchange Programs ----------------- Q3 - Are there any exchange programs between host country and Cuba, including but not limited to: scholarships for host country nationals to study in Cuba; Cuban-paid medical travel for host country nationals; and Cuban doctors working in host country? A3 - Yes. Barbados is the recipient of Cuban scholarships and Cuban-paid medical travel for Barbadians in need of eye surgery. There is no wide-scale program to utilize Cuban doctors in the local health care system. -------------------------- Democracy and Human Rights -------------------------- Q4 - Has the host country, in Post's opinion, worked to promote the advancement of democracy and human rights in Cuba? Q4 - No. Barbados has done nothing to advance democracy and human rights in Cuba. ----------------- High-Level Visits ----------------- Q5 - Have there been any high-level diplomatic visits between Cuba and host country in the past six months? A5 - No. GILROY