N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sets Date for Cuba Trade Mission

Erica Orden  |  The Wall Street Journal  |  February 26, 2015

A pedicycle on streets of Old Havana. Getty Images

A pedicycle on streets of Old Havana. Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scheduled his trade mission to Cuba for April 20, his office and Chief of the Cuban Interests Section José Ramón Cabañas said Thursday.

The trip by Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, will be the first official state delegation to the country since President Barack Obama announced in December that he would ease travel restrictions and restore diplomatic relations with the island, according to the governor’s office.

Other governors, however, have expressed interest in traveling to the country, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has said he will embark on his own trade mission there in early March.

Mr. Cuomo put together plans in early January to lead a trade mission to Cuba, The Wall Street Journal reported, and last week he said he had been in talks with the Cuban government to arrange a date.

“This mission will be a tremendous stepping stone for our State’s relationship with Cuba, and will help open the door to a new market for New York businesses,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement Thursday.

While the governor’s office said the trip would include a number of state officials and business leaders, it didn’t immediately specify who. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office declined to say who will pay for the visit, saying, “Additional details to follow.”

 

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