David Urra
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David Urra

LinkedInDavid Urra is the chief marketing analyst at International Consulting & Representation Services/Cuba (IcarusCuba). He has produced market studies for a wide range of Latin American, European and U.S. clients exploring market entry possibilities in Cuba’s IT, tourism, ranching, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors.

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Soberana 02 Vaccine Production Launches in Cuba

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Production of the Soberana 02 vaccine, Cuba’s first COVID vaccine, also the first in Latin America, has begun on a large-scale at Cuba’s national plant for biological preparations (BioCen), located on Havana’s outskirts. Around 45,000 people will be vaccinated... More »

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Chinese Investment in Mining Shows Results

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A Chinese investment in mining of chromium, negotiated in 2018 following Cuba’s opening to foreign investment ten years earlier, is beginning to show results. China is the world’s largest consumer of chrome, and Cuba has plenty to spare. Its nickel and chromiu... More »

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Cuban Vaccines, Latest Target of Information War

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Those who follow the news about Cuba may have noticed an exponential increase in criticism of the Cuban government, accompanied by an enormous amount of “fake news” related to everything it does on the island. Cuba’s COVID vaccines could hardly be left out, gi... More »

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Imports and Exports Business on the Increase

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Imports and exports are on the increase in Cuba. By mid-January, 4,450 private entities had approached exporting and importing companies, almost 50% of these have shown the intent to establish some type of operation. Over the four months since the regulations ... More »

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Third EU-Cuba Joint Council Held

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On January 20, Cuba and the European Union held the third EU-Cuba Joint Council. Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, and Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Foreign Affairs Minister of... More »

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US Agriculture Coalition Set Sights on Cuba

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The United States Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) has taken the first step to return to the policies of the Obama era. In a letter known as the “Biden-Harris Transition Letter,” the Coalition has asked newly-elected President Joe Biden to embrace polici... More »

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Cuban Investments Review 2020-2021

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The new rules that Cuba has established as part of its “Prioritization” effort are designed to make a serious and positive impact on the Cuban investments process. However, any contemplated investment must be viewed in light of the events of 2020 that will con... More »

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Cuba and Iran to Join Efforts Against Covid19

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Cuba and Iran have signed a collaboration agreement for a joint project to carry out Phase III clinical trials of the Soberana 02 Covid-19 vaccine in Iran. The Middle Eastern nation is experiencing a high incidence of infection. The low incidence and low morta... More »

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Cuba’s Nickel Production Exceeds 50,000 Metric Tons

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Despite Covid 19 and the difficulties it has unleashed for international trade, Cuba’s nickel production will end the year having produced 50,000 metric tons in the plants it owns in Holguin province. Juan Ruiz Quintana, General Director of Mining at the Minis... More »

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Foreign Investment Key to Cuba’s New Economic Strategy

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The new economic strategy to begin on January 1 foresees the strengthening of foreign and national investment in the main economic sectors. In presentations to the press, Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, expressed the condit... More »

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