Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Havana will be Hong Kong of Caribbean #289990
07/23/08 12:34 PM
07/23/08 12:34 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 8,868
SP Daily Offline OP
SP Daily  Offline OP
John Parke Wright, with close ties to the Castro brothers, says Cuba is starting to open up economically.
By Matthew Clark

John Parke Wright wants to provide Florida's best restaurants with the finest steaks around, and he wants to do it from a ranch in Cuba.

"I've got a plan," says the sixth-generation Floridan whose ancestors were pioneers of the once-thriving Havana-Tampa trade route. "I'm ready to go."

Cuba, on the other hand, is not quite ready for him. But could it be soon?

Mr. Wright, a rancher, is one of many longtime Cuba watchers who agree that Raúl Castro is following the "China model" of managed movement toward a free market economy.

He would know.

He visits Cuba frequently, finessing close ties with the Castro government in order to push for any small trade openings between the island nation and the US. He was also one of the first businessmen to open up trade with China 30 years ago when Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping began his famous economic reforms to that country's communist economy. At the time, reformers surrounding Mr. Deng wanted China to be "a little more like [capitalist] Hong Kong and not Hong Kong to become more like China," Wright says.

Wright compares Raúl to the practical Deng, saying Raúl wants to have Cuba be a little more like Florida. "Raúl's goal is to modernize and to normalize trade relations with the US. If we normalize relations now, it'll be a whole new world. Havana will be the Hong Kong of the Caribbean.

"From 1860 to 1960, Cuba had some of the best land for cattle in the Western hemisphere," says Wright. In 1960, Cuba had about 6 million people and 2 million cattle, but now has only 2 million cattle for 12 million people, he explains.

"There's a tremendous need to restock Cuba's ranches, and the opportunity has to be given to people like me," he says, adding that he'd start out by sending 3,000 head of cattle, tractors, trucks, and irrigation equipment to Cuba as soon as the two nations adjust their policies to allow for that.

Wright says he's "very enthused" by what he calls "a new business spirit" in Cuba, but adds that "the [US trade embargo] has created a situation in Cuba where an entire generation thinks we're out to starve them. If we open up trade and travel, it'll change attitudes left, right, and center in Havana."

"It'll take a whole new administration with a whole new attitude," he says. "The ball is clearly in the US court."

"There are too many politicians in the decision making process – on both sides – and not enough statesmen," he says. "The question is: Who will take the high road and normalize relations?"

Re: Havana will be Hong Kong of Caribbean [Re: SP Daily] #290018
07/23/08 03:12 PM
07/23/08 03:12 PM
Joined: Jan 2008
Posts: 166
RathaBnBelize Offline
RathaBnBelize  Offline
If the US doesn't do it first...then another Canada will beat them to it.

Re: Havana will be Hong Kong of Caribbean [Re: RathaBnBelize] #290034
07/23/08 04:12 PM
07/23/08 04:12 PM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 13,218
San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
elbert  Offline
Russia has already beaten us all its the Russian Rivera now

White Sands Dive Shop
Re: Havana will be Hong Kong of Caribbean [Re: elbert] #290048
07/23/08 06:46 PM
07/23/08 06:46 PM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 413
North Ambergris Caye, Belize
AdvantageRealty Offline
AdvantageRealty  Offline
Cuba will hurt many of the Caribbean nation's tourism sectors.

Re: Havana will be Hong Kong of Caribbean [Re: AdvantageRealty] #290119
07/24/08 07:33 AM
07/24/08 07:33 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 13,218
San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
elbert  Offline
It scares me when I agree with you.

White Sands Dive Shop
Re: Havana will be Hong Kong of Caribbean [Re: elbert] #290147
07/24/08 11:07 AM
07/24/08 11:07 AM
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 13,218
San Pedro Belize
elbert Offline
elbert  Offline
I've been fixing up this old boat i found on the beach and if it gets bad here I might chance a crossing. Wanna go I think i can get at least 20 or more in it.

White Sands Dive Shop

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
To Get Your Questions Answered

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
San Pedro Fun Finder
Paradise Guy Event Calendar
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 221 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online5,530
Jun 13th, 2021 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1