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Havana, Cuba

September 23-26, 2018

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Leading Cities will lead a historic Exchange Mission with a delegation to explore the achievements, challenges, and opportunities that exist in Cuba today. This Leading Cities trip will be highlighted by meetings and idea exchanges with city leaders, academic experts, Cuban and foreign businessmen, and entrepreneurs. Invited participants include academic professionals, executives, entrepreneurs and others.

Economic Development: Startups to Construction 

With Raul Castro stepping down as President in April 2018, an entirely new chapter is being written in Cuba’s history. This new generation of Cubans is more focused on the economic development opportunities for the future. With a private sector growing from microenterprises to small businesses and foreign partnerships entering the marketplace, 40% of the Cuban workforce is now employed within the private sector. Between this burgeoning private sector and the upgrading of the island’s infrastructure, there is no lack of construction happening on the island. Opportunities abound for all involved, or not yet

Health Care: Achieving More with Less

The correlation between low-income and poor health has been established in many countries. Despite Cuba’s poverty, the country’s quality of health contradicts this correlation. According to the UN’s World Health Organization, Cuba’s health care system is an example for all countries of the world. Cuba has one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates, slightly lower than that of the U.S., and the life expectancy is 78.5 years, one of the world’s highest. The Cuban health system is recognized worldwide for its excellence and its efficiency. Cuba has managed to guarantee access to health care across all segments of the population obtaining results similar to those of the world’s most developed nations.

Opportunities: From Tourism to Technology

As Cuba and the United States revisit the reopening of this Caribbean island to American tourists, a mix of opportunities and challenges must be addressed. The hospitality industry will need to grow rapidly to meet new demand. Officials will have to understand and prepare for the demands of new tourists. Infrastructure needs are beyond that of just bricks and mortar. According to the White House, only 5% of the Cuban population has access to the internet— one of the lowest in the world. We will explore some of the most significant opportunities emerging in Cuba and understand what possibilities exist in this growing marketplace.

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Trip Cost: $4,900 USD

Price includes all group accommodations, meals, ground transportation, special speakers. Price does not include airfare.

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