Courtesy Cuba Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX)
Miami Herad | — September 25, 2018 New York — Cuba’s recently appointed President Miguel Díaz-Canel met with technology and other company executives and U.S. Congress members in New York City after his inaugural appearance at the United Nations.
At the meeting held at Google offices in New York Monday afternoon, Díaz-Canel spoke with representatives from Twitter, Microsoft, VaynerMedia, Connectify, Mapbox, Virgin Group, Airbnb, Revolution, Udacity and Bloomberg.
The gathering was organized by Eric Schmidt, former executive director of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and currently technical adviser to the company, as well as Brett Perlmutter, who is in charge of Google projects in Cuba.
Schmidt met with the Cuban leader in Havana in June to discuss connecting the island to one or more underwater communications cables. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Az., said at the time that the two sides were close to an agreement.