Last week The Wall Street Journal reinforced my observation about Cuba’s readiness to establish trade with the United States, especially regarding cigar production. The Journal reports that Cuban agriculture—with its tractors from the 1940s, imported fertilizer, plodding distribution system, and government monopoly—will not be able to meet the surge in demand.
While in Cuba, I met with Journal reporter Tripp Mickle. We tirelessly sampled Cuban cigars and rum together in the interest of journalistic research.
“It is a pivotal moment not just for Cuba’s cigar industry, but for its tourism and rum industries as well,” writes Mickle. “Both stand to benefit from the world’s largest market restoring economic ties with Cuba.”
If you missed it, check out my post, “A New Era in Cuba.”
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