WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Cuba: Current Political and Economic Developments

Wednesday, 24 May 2017
1666 Connecticut Ave N.W. Suite 400, Washington D.C.

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Cuba: Current Political and Economic Developments


Roberto Veiga
General Coordinator, Cuba Posible

Lenier González Mederos
Vicel Coordinator, Cuba Posible

Pedro Monreal
Economist, Cuba Posible

Pavel Vidal
Economist, Cuba Posible

Moderated By: 

Geoff Thale
Program Director, WOLA

Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
1666 Connecticut Ave N.W., Suite 400
Washington D.C. 20009

This event will be held in Spanish with simultaneous translation available.
A light breakfast will be served. 

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Political changes in 2018, the need for economic reforms, and the unknown future of U.S. foreign policy towards the island make this a particularly important period not only for Cuba but also for the voices from the country’s emerging civil society to provide their perspective and analysis.

Though conversations remain polarized between dissidents and government backers, civil society now includes independent organizations that are finding a voice on the internet and taking advantage of greater space for political debate.

WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America) is delighted to welcome Roberto Veiga, Lenier Gonzalez, Pedro Monreal, and Pavel Vidal, representatives of Cuba Posible, a group that encourages debate and discussion among diverse opinion leaders on key issues confronting Cuba. They will talk about the changes that have taken place in Cuba during this period of engagement with the United States and the economic challenges Cuba faces in the years ahead.

Roberto Veiga González is a lawyer and former magazine editor. In May 2014, Veiga and his partner Lenier González founded Cuba Posible, a civil society project and platform for political dialogue and analysis in Cuba, where Veiga currently serves as Director. Cuba Posible serves as a space where individuals across the political spectrum can discuss national issues, both in print, at seminars and online.

Lenier González Mederos is the co-founder and co-director of Cuba Posible. Mr. González was a former magazine editor at the Espacio Laical in Havana Cuba. Under his leadership, Cuba Posible serves as a platform where individuals across the political spectrum can discuss national issues. Mr.

Pavel Vidal is an economist and professor at the Javeriana university in Cali, Colombia. Dr. Vidal’s main research topics are monetary policy and economic growth. He has published in several academic journals, such as the CEPAL Review, the Journal of the Central Bank of Cuba and Economy and Development. Dr. Vidal obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Havana.

Pedro Monreal is an economist, author of numerous books and book chapters that include “Development Prospects in Cuba: An Agenda y the Making (ILAS, University of London, 2002), and  “Cuba, la reestructuración de la economía. Una propuesta para el debate” (Nueva Sociedad, 1997). Dr. Moreal has worked as a Program Specialist for UNESCO, currently serving in the office in Paris. Dr.  Monreal obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Havana and was a Harvard Rockefeller Fellow.