As relations with the U.S. improve, there is an understandable level of excitement around prospects to invest in the next generation of Cuban infrastructure. Although we advise that the excitement should be tempered with a healthy dose of realism, the opportunity is real. Canadian, Spanish, and UK companies have paved the wave and are already in the market with long-standing investments and evidence that the regulatory framework can bear the weight of substantial inflows of capital.
Opportunities are now coming online in the immediate term in real estate, tourism, transportation, ports and – the focus of this event – the energy sector. The development of renewables is a priority item for the Cuban Government and aggressive targets have been established. Biomass is a cornerstone of the policy, but there are also significant opportunities for investment in wind and solar. Elsewhere, we can expect substantial investment in gas infrastructure in the medium-term, and in vital upgrades and improvements to the grid.
The Cuban Government is managing an invitation list of 30 VIP officials drawn from governments and key industries. Those officials will form the cornerstone of the event.
Other participants will include:
For international participants, attendance is strictly by invitation only. To request an invitation please follow this link.
Cuba’s Center for Renewable Energy (CETER) comprises part of Cuba’s elite Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría (CUJAE). Many of Cuba’s energy sector leaders are graduates of CUJAE, several were taught by the Summit chairman, Dr. Conrado Moreno. In addition to his leadership role at CETER, Dr. Moreno is also a Vice President of the World Wind Energy Association and a Member of the Board of CUBASOLAR.
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