The Directorate of International Relations of the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Cuba is responsible for carrying out various activities to promote relations and cooperation with chambers of commerce, associations and similar institutions in other countries, with the aim of contributing to the internationalization of associated enterprises and facilitate access to foreign markets.
Between its principal activities are:
- Establish institutional relations with counterparts promoting trade and investment in other countries.
- Organize trade missions abroad to identify new markets and business opportunities to promote exports of goods and services as well as the search for foreign investors.
- Organize business meetings, forums and business rounds to foreign missions interested in trade and invest in Cuba and prepare agendas for foreign businessmen in ties with Cuban companies.
- Promote the formation of Business Committees with counterparts in other countries, organize its sessions and track their action plans.
- Maintain or institutional links with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) and World Trade Center Association (WTCA), which the institution operates the license.
- Support the work of foreign trade and investment promotion agencies established in Cuba for joint organization of trade and investment promotion activities.
- Promote the Cuban exports of goods and services and business opportunities with foreign investment.
General bases for the creation of a Business Committee and how it functions.
What is a Business Committee?
They are business groups in Cuba and the country of interest that are created under the auspices of a chamber of commerce or homologous organization to the parties’ willingness. Usually, they are integrated by companies and organizations that more relationships and / or defined interests have with the other country. Each country shapes its Section.
Objective of a Business Committee
Stimulate and encourage trade and business between entrepreneurs of the two countries with direct support to its members.
General actions to achieve its objective
- Facilitate the exchange ofeconomic and tradeinformationand the marketof the parties,to publicizetheir business opportunities, bids, offers, or othercustoms legislationas requiredby this routeformembers of the Committee.
- Identifybarriers and obstacles thatdelay orinterfere withthe propercourseof bilateral negotiationsfromthe information suppliedby the parties.
- To organize meetingsin both countriesthat promotecontacts betweenentrepreneursofboth sectionsthrough seminars, workshops, visits to commercialeconomic interestentities, etc.
- Promote participation of both sections in fairs and expositions in both countries for which support is offered to the participants within the possibilities of the hosts.
General Guidelines for the work
Structure of the Committee
The Business Committee counts on two sections (one of each country). Each section has a joint board of directors.
Board of Directors
1 President for each section
1 or 2 Vice Presidents for each section
1 Permanent Secretary (it is the Chamber of Commerce for the Cuban part and for the counterpart is the equivalent organization).
All companies with trade relations and specific interests in the market in question and who want to join the Committee.
Performance of the Business Committee
The Sections will meet yearly with all its members to make a balance, design a plan of action, adjust and execute when necessary, according to the trade policy guidelines of the for the country in question.
Bilateral Committees generally held annually alternately a meeting and fulfill an agenda previously agreed upon. The working sessions are chaired by the Chairman of the Section of the host country with the presence of his counterpart, the board of directors and executive and businessmen members and guests of the two countries.
Duties of the companies that make up the Committee
It is the highest authority of the Section. Their decisions support the interests of the members of the section, ensuring that every action is for the benefit of the general exchange. Preside the meeting of their section and meetings of the Bilateral Committee in his (her) country. He (she) approves the plans of action, participates in activities of the Committee.
It is fully informed of all aspects related with the Committee. In the absence of the President is his/her immediate replacement. In conjunction with the President and the Secretary conciliates each action plan and participate in all activities of the Business Committee.
Proposes the plan of action of the board of directors of his (her) section, coordinates actions of the section and the counterpart as well as the logistics of the programs to be done in each country and follows up the agreements taken by the Committee, as well as the bilateral contacts held within the framework of the Committee. He (she) is the direct link between companies that make up the section and the board of directors. The secretaries of both sections maintain regular communication.
The member companies of the Committee are obliged to offer information on the state of trade relations and expectations of the country in question, on the results of contacts held with the counterpart given their participation in actions organized by the Committee in such a way that facilitate the follow up of the work to set their main objective: increase trade and joint businesses: To request and supply information will be made through the secretary of the Committee.
Participate actively in each action called and/or requests representation in each case in case of absence.
Rights of the companies that make up the Committee
- Be duly attended by the parts of the board of directors of the Committee.
- Receive economic and trade information and of the market of interest from the secretary of the Section.
- Will be promoted their profiles, fairs and eventsof interestin their industry, as well as their interests andtheir concernsdealt withthe marketcounterparty. (In the case of other languages, this informationshould be processedin English).
Be informed of the plan of action to be undertaken by the Committee.
- Suggest subjects for debates, workshops, enrich the meetings with their experiences in the trade activity and be listened to and taken into account.
- Be convened and participate in the annual meeting or other get organized for their section of the Committee.
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They are collective visits organized that a country organizes to boost and strengthen bilateral economic relations with another country of interest. It is international practice to promote and follow up commercial and business interests of mutual advantage. Also in practice for the study and exploration of a determined market. As a result of these missions, often bilateral agreements are signed.
Business rounds are an event that coordinates negotiation meetings between the interested parties (sales person and buyer). Its purpose is to strengthen companies through the promotion of their internationalization and depth of activities tending for a greater productive complementation.
International Relations Department
Address: Calle 21, Nro. 701, esquina a calle A, Vedado, La Habana. Cuba.
Telephones: (53) 7831-2404
Switchboard: (53) 7838-1321, 22
Director: extension 213
Dra. Celia M. Labora Rodríguez
Secretaria: extension 256
Dyannet Núñez Valdés
Western Europe, extension 255
Lic. Lourdes Morell Santos
East Europe and Eurasian States Community, extension 254
Canada, Caribbean, Central America and Central Europe, extension 253
Msc. Mirtha Rippes Aller
South America and México, extension 255
Ing. Abeley del Pozo Anaya
Africa and Middle East, extension 254
Lic. Miladys Ortega Fundora
Asia and Oceania, extension 251
Lic. Doriliz Díaz Rodríguez
Protocol Attachés, extension 250 y 251
Sra. Tatiana Peñalver Molina
Sra. Claudia Pérez Martell
Sra. Ileana Conejero Milanés