At least that’s what they have been telling the respected and normally well-connected British weekly The Economist.
The magazine claims in its latest edition that with Fidel Castro on his deathbed and a Democrat likely to win next year’s presidential election in the US, economic relations between Havana and Washington are about to improve.
“The Cuban ministries that deal with foreign investment … have recently been putting the word out to foreign investors that tenders are welcome for a raft of projects,” the magazine reports. “Theme parks, super-yacht marinas, golf courses, even airlines—all apparently geared to a future American market too—feature prominently on the list.”
According to the report, the first major project is expected to be funded by Dubai Ports World, a partly State-owned company in the United Arab Emirates that is looking at investing USD250 million to convert the “decrepit” port of Mariel into a “modern container facility”.
The attraction? Mariel is within spitting distance of major US handling facilities.