Trade opportunites await Fidel’s exit

 

Re Andres Oppenheimer’s Dec. 15 column, U.S. may expand trade in the Americas: Weeks ago, cranes for super tankers arrived in Miami. The same were installed on Mariel, Cuba’s new deep-water port.

In November, President Obama, referring to Cuba, said: “We’ve started to see changes on the island;” “We have to be creative. And we have to be thoughtful;” and “We have to continue to update our policies.”

Now, Secretary of State John Kerry suggests that the idea of strengthening NAFTA is more than a theoretical aspiration and could reach out to the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Obviously, it’s in the cards that, because of Cuba’s 11 million destitute citizens, there’s a huge untapped pool of cheap labor for American manufacturers a mere 90 miles away.

Now there’s the wait for Fidel Castro to move on, so Cuba and the United States can move on.

Ernie Garcia, Miami

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