Cuba ambassador touts trade to Detroit Economic Club

Posted at 6:54 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 07:52:39-04

 Cuba's ambassador to the U.S. says Michigan and Cuba could be business partners.

Jose Ramon Cabanas Rodriguez told the Detroit Economic Club on Tuesday his nation and Michigan can complement each other in agriculture and other fields.

The Detroit News reports the speech came a day after Cabanas spoke to the board of directors of the Michigan Farm Bureau. Bureau horticulture specialist Kevin Robson says Cabanas discussed normalizing trade relations between Cuba and the U.S and potential opportunities for Michigan's farmers to export dairy and fruit to Cuba.

President Donald Trump has pledged to reverse former President Barack Obama's 2½-year-old opening with Cuba, which restored full diplomatic relations and allowed a dramatic expansion of U.S. travel to the island.