Cuba’s Economic Reintegration: Is the Time Now?

Carlos Gutierrez
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; Former US Secretary of Commerce

José Juan Ruiz
Chief Economist,
Inter-American Development Bank 

Rafael Romeu 
President and CEO, DevTech Systems, Inc.; Former Fiscal Economist, International Monetary Fund

Pavel Vidal
University of Havana

Peter Schechter
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Opening Remarks:
Jason Marczak
Deputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

More has changed in US-Cuba policy in the last six months than over the last five decades. By helping Cuba to rejoin the global economy, the international community could now do even more to improve the lives of Cuba’s citizens.  Is rejoining international financial institutions the necessary first step toward reintegration? What is preventing this from happening—are the impediments on the island, in US policy, or in institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)? 

Join us for the launch of a report written by Cuban economist Pavel Vidal and former IMF Mission Chief for Albania Scott Brown on Cuba’s reintegration into international financial institutions. Top economists and policy leaders will discuss why this should be a priority at this moment of great transition, and how these institutions have helped bring previously isolated nations like Albania, Vietnam, and Myanmar into the global community.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Event: 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

A light breakfast will be served.

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005