Barbados brewery moves to break into Cuban market

Adelegation comprising government and private sector officials would be travelling to Cuba on a trade mission.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados’ Bank Breweries Limited will be trying to export one million cases of beer to Cuba from May.

The disclosure has come from the country’s Industry Minister Donville Inniss as he also reported that early next month, a delegation comprising government and private sector officials would be travelling to Cuba on a trade mission.

He said that with the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, Barbados is among the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries seeking to further partner with Cuba in an effort to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Inniss spoke about the plans yesterday when he received a courtesy call from Cuba’s Ambassador to Barbados, Francisco Fernandez Pena.

He said that apart from forging deeper economic relations with Cuba, the Barbados Government was also eager to engage robustly in trade, and there were a number of companies ready to do business with the Spanish-speaking nation.

Inniss also pointed out that over the years, Cuba has been committed to providing extensive technical assistance to Barbados, especially in the area of health care.

And Ambassador Pena noted that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in December 1972, Barbados and Cuba have maintained a cordial relationship characterized by cooperation and mutual respect.

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