Unilever CEO Paul Polman, right, and Cuba’s Minister of Industries Salvador Pardo pose for photos after laying a cornerstone for a new factory in Mariel on Nov. 4, 2016. The Dutch consumer product giant has become one of the largest foreign companies to move into a special economic development zone at the Cuban port of Mariel.
Unilever CEO Paul Polman, right, and Cuba’s Minister of Industries Salvador Pardo pose for photos after laying a cornerstone for a new factory in Mariel on Nov. 4, 2016. The Dutch consumer product giant has become one of the largest foreign companies to move into a special economic development zone at the Cuban port of Mariel. Ismael Francisco AP
Unilever CEO Paul Polman, right, and Cuba’s Minister of Industries Salvador Pardo pose for photos after laying a cornerstone for a new factory in Mariel on Nov. 4, 2016. The Dutch consumer product giant has become one of the largest foreign companies to move into a special economic development zone at the Cuban port of Mariel. Ismael Francisco AP

Mimi Whitefield has covered Latin America and the Caribbean for more than two decades. The Miami Herald’s former Rio de Janeiro bureau chief and a 2017 winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, she now focuses on Cuba coverage.