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NCBA CLUSA’s Launch of U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group Draws Media Attention


NCBA CLUSA yesterday launched the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that drew significant media coverage.

The event was attended by reporters representing numerous media organizations, among them Politico, CQ Roll Call, Washington Trade Daily and Democracy At Work News. Several news outlets wrote about the press conference in posts requiring paid subscriptions, including Politico and CQ Roll Call. Politico Reporter Victoria Guida also mentioned the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group in an article addressing the broader context of the U.S. – Cuba relations. A link to the full article appears below.

Moderated by NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall, the press conference featured cooperative experts representing industry sectors addressing the emerging role co-ops are playing in Cuba’s economic reform and how engagement between U.S. and Cuban cooperative sectors can bolster the movement in both nations.

Sol 2 Economics President Eric Leenson, NCBA CLUSA COO for International Development Amy Coughenour and NRECA Vice President of External Affairs Martin Lowery spoke on a panel called “The Case for Cuban Cooperatives and U.S. Engagement.” Answering questions on legislative and regulatory issues relating to U.S. – Cuban engagement were NCBA CLUSA Vice President for Advocacy Alan Knapp; John Weinfurter, vice president of Government Relations for Witt O’Brien’s; and Patrick La Pine, president and CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates.

Look for NCBA CLUSA’s full coverage on the launch in next week’s CBJ Online.

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By Victoria Guida, Politico

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