TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — This week, Congresswoman Kathy Castor is leading a delegation of seven members of congress to Cuba. Castor says she hopes to examine the progress of relations between the two countries since diplomatic relations were restored.
“We want to see what’s happening with private business there in the small business sector and then we’re also going to talk about travel and trade and internet expansion and human rights,” said Castor.
She plans to meet with small business owners to find out how the changes are impacting them.
“It’s very important for us to understand whether or not the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States are working for everyday Cubans,” said Castor.
She will be making the trip with other Representatives who favor lifting the embargo on Cuba.
“We know the embargo on Cuba is harming the ability of businesses to grow, so we want to strategize as well on how we lift that embargo,” said Castor.
Castor says she also plans to meet with port officials in Havana to talk about business opportunities.
Castor believes there are numerous opportunities for trade and business between Tampa and Havana.
“There is a great benefit to the Tampa Bay area and we’ve already seen it, even before diplomatic relations were restored. New jobs were created and travel bureaus and travel agencies, the Tampa
International airport has had to hire new employees to handle the new flights,” said Castor.
She sees opportunities for more as diplomatic relations improve.
“This is exciting and there will be great benefits,” said Castor.MORE NEWS-
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