USA*Engage Statement on Promoting American Agricultural and Medical Exports to Cuba Act of 2007

Thursday, 21 June 2007
“This serious, bipartisan effort would go a long way towards restoring some sanity to U.S. Cuba policy.  Besides the tremendous benefits that would come from lifting the travel ban, this legislation would also fix some of the technical but tremendously important irritants like trademark protection and payment terms for food sales which continue to worsen even the limited current relationship we have with Cuba.  These proposed changes are clearly in the interests of American farmers and the business community.  We strongly and enthusiastically support its passage.”

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USA*Engage (www.usaengage.org) 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 (www.nftc.org), 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.

The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.