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22 Mar 2016

Sarah Labowitz, NYUStern

Cuba: Questions on business & human rights, incl. Internet freedom, requirements for US investors

 “Hilton in Havana: 4 questions on President Obama's visit to Cuba”, 14 Mar 2016

…Cuba is an example of the Obama Administration’s strategy of opening up…potentially global markets…[H]ere are four areas to watch from a business and human rights perspective: Will President Obama meet with dissidents and human rights activists?…Going forward, will there be human rights benchmarks as a condition of further economic opening?...How much control will the Cuban state continue to exert over the economy?...Companies should be very clear-eyed about who their business partners are and seek a high degree of transparency…If further restrictions are lifted, what kinds of requirements will the Administration and/or Congress consider imposing on American companies seeking to invest in Cuba?...In Myanmar, the executive branch implemented reporting requirements for any U.S. person investing more than $500,000 or in the oil and gas sector…[Refers to Hilton, Marriott, Radisson (part of Carlson)]