NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On the heels of a historic trip to Cuba, Connecticut’s footprint is firmly planted in the progress being made.
Travel restrictions to Cuba have been eased. At this point, it may be a question of “when” the embargo will be lifted, not if.
The “how” has been happening for years.
There have been many people working behind the scenes to improve relations with Cuba, including Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
Rep. DeLauro has visited Cuba a few times, her first trip was back in 2007.
She was front and center for the historic trip as part of the Presidential delegation.
“To see the President of the United States standing there, to see the American Flag side by side with the Cuban Flag and opening up new promise, and new opportunity for both people of the United States and for Cubans,” said DeLauro.
Opportunity that opens economic entry points.
“I also had the opportunity while I was there to meet with airline companies who are looking to open up routes for direct travel,” said DeLauro.
The need in Cuba is great in many markets.
For one, Cuba imports 80 percent of its food.
“It’s commerce, there is trade opening up with them, creating jobs,” said DeLauro.
Economic advancement that can also include Connecticut.
“There will be an economic boost from Connecticut, I think CT business people see it that way. They are anxious to get that embargo lifted and deal with free trade,” said DeLauro.
Despite the progress, much more work needs to be done in Cuba.
President Obama has said ultimately, the future of Cuba needs to be decided by the Cubans, not by anyone else.