Cuba Has Approved 62 Businesses for the Mariel Special Development Zone

EFE/14ymedio, Havana, 11 July 2022 — Cuban state media reported on Sunday that the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), the government’s flagship project intended to attract foreign capital, currently has 62 approved businesses with more than three billion dollars in committed investments, a bit more than it was expected to attract annually. The figures were … Continue reading “Cuba Has Approved 62 Businesses for the Mariel Special Development Zone”

No Money to Finish Construction on Mariel Housing Project

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, May 18, 2021 — Some months ago the place was alive with construction activity. Now, however, there are no bricklayers or engineers anywhere in sight, and the din of building tools is nowhere to be heard. Construction of nine houses for senior executives of the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) … Continue reading “No Money to Finish Construction on Mariel Housing Project”

After Six Years, Cuba’s Port of Mariel Continues to Move Little Cargo

14ymedio, Havana, 15 October 2020 — The Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) reported this Wednesday through its website that its container terminal has handled two million TEUs since its inauguration in January 2014 (the unit of measurement in maritime transport  that is equivalent to one 20 foot container). “A new milestone,” the official press said, detailing what … Continue reading “After Six Years, Cuba’s Port of Mariel Continues to Move Little Cargo”

The Ghost of The Special Period Threatens Cuba in 2019, Warns Report

EFE (via 14ymedio), Miami, March 5, 2019 — The economic crisis Cuba is experiencing will worsen in the next few months and, if it doesn’t open itself to a market system, the country could fall into a new “Special Period,” the grave depression into which the island was sunk in the 90s, according to predictions … Continue reading “The Ghost of The Special Period Threatens Cuba in 2019, Warns Report”

Mariel, the Cuban Hong Kong That Never Became One

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 June 2018 — In 2014, Raúl Castro, who promoted the deepest economic reforms since the establishment of the socialist system in Cuba, surrounded by his allies Dilma Rousseff, Evo Morales and Nicolás Maduro, promoted the largest project of his mandate, the creation of a Special Development Zone in the Port of … Continue reading “Mariel, the Cuban Hong Kong That Never Became One”

Cuba’s ‘Special Period’: Past, Present and Future

Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 14 June 2018 — The terminology of officialdom has its euphemisms and its unknowns, among the latter is whether it is politically correct to speak of the ‘Special Period‘ as a thing of the past, an question that became clear in the review published on Tuesday by the state-run newspaper Granma, that discussed Raúl Castro’s … Continue reading “Cuba’s ‘Special Period’: Past, Present and Future”

Cuba’s Port of Mariel Lags Behind Panama Canal Expansion / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 June 2016 — “We want to be on the front pages of newspapers” claimed a taxi driver in the middle of heavy traffic on a Panamanian street after being asked about the leaked documents from the firm Mossacl Fonseca. A few weeks after that conversation, the media focused again on that country this … Continue reading “Cuba’s Port of Mariel Lags Behind Panama Canal Expansion / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez”

Green Light in Mariel Special Zone for Five Foreign Companies and Two Cuban Ones / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 15 July 2015 — Seven companies received approval to open businesses in the port of Mariel and the nearby industrial area, as reported Wednesday the Associated Press. Since late 2014, the green light has been received by two Belgian companies, two Mexican, one Spanish and two Cuban, which will be dedicated to food, chemicals, logistics … Continue reading “Green Light in Mariel Special Zone for Five Foreign Companies and Two Cuban Ones / 14ymedio”

Wages in Mariel: One Good Thing and a Lot of Bad Things / Dimas Castellanos

In accordance  with the new Foreign Investment Law*, workers will be engaged by an State-run employing organisation. When you factor in the fact that the only union permitted is the one representing the interests of the State, we are looking at a capitalist-style relationship in which the workers have no-one to defend them. Although we … Continue reading “Wages in Mariel: One Good Thing and a Lot of Bad Things / Dimas Castellanos”

With the Port of Mariel, Cuba Reassesses its Geographical Position / Miriam Leiva

HAVANA, Cuba, 31 January 2014, www.cubanet.org – The position of the Port of Mariel has revalued the geographical importance of Cuba, lost with the end of the Cold War. The soldiers who for 46 years were the support of the government, when they began to direct everything in mid-2006 they found a country undercapitalized, productively … Continue reading “With the Port of Mariel, Cuba Reassesses its Geographical Position / Miriam Leiva”

Mariel, Brazil, Havana and Washington / Ivan Garcia

Miami would like to remain Latin America’s main commercial port. In June 2013 President Barack Obama toured the $1.2 billion renovation and expansion now being carried out at the port of Miami. Commercial interest is reflected in large-scale investments in the ports of Norfolk, New York, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville and Savannah. According to the American … Continue reading “Mariel, Brazil, Havana and Washington / Ivan Garcia”

Mariel, Another Cloud in the Olive Green Paradise / Miriam Celaya

HAVANA, Cuba, November www.cubanet.org — They say that socialism is the long way between capitalism and capitalism. Now the official press itself informs us that there is a shortcut: “Mariel, the Shortest Path” (Juventud Rebelde, Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, pages 4 and 5) is a lengthy article by writer René León Tamayo, who — with … Continue reading “Mariel, Another Cloud in the Olive Green Paradise / Miriam Celaya”

Mariel: A Port For If And When They Eliminate the Embargo / Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique and Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello

Havana, Cuba, October, www.cubanet.org – This coming November 1st the legislation published in the Official Gazette regarding the Mariel Special Development Zone will go into effect. As usual with the regime, the Council of State and of Ministers, and the Ministers of Science, Technology and the Environment, or Finance and Prices, of Interior and Labor, … Continue reading “Mariel: A Port For If And When They Eliminate the Embargo / Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique and Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello”

The Mexican Richmeat Company Will Have Another Factory in Cuba, Without Explaining Where the Meat Will Come From

14ymedio, Havana, 19 November 2022 — On Thursday, the directors of the meat company Richmeat de Cuba, S.A., which operates with Mexican capital, laid the cornerstone of its new factory in the Mariel Special Development Zone, with an opening expected in 2027. This is an extension of its facilities, which have been using Cuban labor … Continue reading “The Mexican Richmeat Company Will Have Another Factory in Cuba, Without Explaining Where the Meat Will Come From”

Cuba’s Prime Minister Criticizes ‘Obsolete Mentalities Against Foreign Capital’

14ymedio, Havana, 16 November 2022 — For a second time in a week, the Cuban Government felt the need to affirm that it will fulfill its international commitments and will settle “the delays that exist in the transfers with the exterior.” That is, “from the possibilities of the country,” said the Prime Minister Manuel Marrero, … Continue reading “Cuba’s Prime Minister Criticizes ‘Obsolete Mentalities Against Foreign Capital’”