Saturday, August 01, 2015

25th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy: "Cuba–What’s next?”

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) held its 25th annual meeting in the wake of the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba after a break of more than half a century.  The two and-a-half day conference took place July 30-August 1, 2015 in Miami, Florida. 
The three-day conference, around the theme “Cuba–What’s next?,” will focus on what to expect after the recent historic announcements of changes in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US. Will Cuba make the necessary internal economic reforms to attract enough foreign direct investment to spur economic growth? When will currency reform be implemented? When will the agricultural sector be restructured to increase productivity and output? Can we expect Cuba to develop its banking system and establish well-functioning capital markets? The conference will also include a plenary session on Cuban economic and political trends as well as sessions on social, legal, and sectoral issues related to the economy and a student panel.
La conferencia de tres días sobre el tema de fondo “Cuba–¿Qué es lo que viene?”, se centrará en los cambios que se pudieran esperar después de las recientes declaraciones históricas sobre cambios en las relaciones diplomáticas entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos. ¿Hará Cuba las reformas internas necesarias para atraer la inversión extranjera e impulsar el desarrollo económico? ¿Cuándo se implementarán las reformas monetarias? ¿Cuándo se restructurará el sector agrícola para aumentar la productividad y el producto? ¿Podemos anticipar que Cuba desarrolle el sector bancario y establezca mercados de capital que operen eficientemente?

Download Conference Program here

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy is a non-profit, non-political organization incorporated in Maryland in 1990 affiliated to the American Economic Association and the Allied Social Sciences Association. Its primary mission is to study the transition to a free market economy and open society in Cuba as well as to promote scholarship, research, and publications. The organization supports a wide range of research primarily focused on economic developments, but also pertaining to social, legal, political, demographic, and environmental issues.

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