Statement on Events in Cuba

Tuesday, 1 August 2006
“This moment presents a golden opportunity for the United States to demonstrate a true spirit of friendship with the Cuban people.  Instead of sitting on the sidelines and staying the course, the President and Congress should look to remove some of the layers of sanctions, restrictions and bureaucracy that have accumulated against Cuba over more than four decades so that we can resurrect the type of dialogue that has been absent for too long.  If the Cuban people are to believe that they have no better friend than the United States later, then we ought to engage with them through increased travel, education and commerce now.”

USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.