Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Issues Statement on Agreement with Cuba to Reopen Embassies


The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Rohrlack released this statement on the agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies:

“The Chamber is pleased that after more than 50 years, embassies in Washington D.C. and Havana will be reopened. This is an important step in re-establishing relations which will ultimately lead to expanded economic opportunities for our region. On our most recent educational trip to Cuba this May, we had the opportunity to visit what will soon be the U.S. Embassy in Cuba and engage in meaningful dialogue. The Chamber has been advocate of reopening ties for years and we welcome this next step in the process of making that a reality,” said Rohrlack.

“The Chamber has been at the forefront in Tampa Bay with respect to preparing this region for mutually beneficial trade opportunities through our trips to the island and our advocacy for expanded flight service. We are excited that our respective embassies will be reopened and we will continue to develop relationships with our colleagues in Cuba in hopes that Cubans will understand the positive climate toward Cuba in Tampa Bay and will choose the location of a consulate in Tampa/Hillsborough County,” said Chamber Chair Ronald A. Christaldi, Esq.

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