Sunday, May 20, 2012

Here's the Place to Be Tomorrow: Cuban Economy Colloquium, Bildner Center

Bildner Center Colloquium: 

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012 
8:45 AM – 6:00 p.m. 
The Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street) 

After 2008, the newly installed presidency of Raúl Castro launched several initiatives to revamp the highly centralized form of socialism for which Cuba had been known. Though Cuba's Actualización draws from other experiences of socialist reform, it appears to be a distinctive approach. The Cuba Project/Bildner Center colloquium puts the new approach in perspective and provides an update on the evolving policies and the structural and institutional changes in progress in 2012. The colloquium closes with a review of policy and research implications.

*Registration is required.
*This event has been designed for academics, Cuba specialists, and related professionals.

Preliminary Program (Subject to change)

Registration: 8:45 AM - 9:05 AM

Session #1: Cuban Updates on Actualización
9:05 AM to 11:35 AM, Room 9206/07
Cuentapropismo y ajuste estructural; Microfinanzas en Cuba; Non-state Enterprises in Cuba: Current Situation and Prospects; Impacto de los lineamientos de la política económica y social en la producción de alimentos

Session # 2: Strategic Initiatives: Agriculture
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM, Room 9206/07
Measuring Cuba's Agricultural Transformations: Preliminary Findings; U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports to Cuba - Uncertain times Ahead

Session # 3: Revamping Socialism: Perspectives and Prospects 
2:00 PM to 3:55 PM, Room 9206/07
Actualización in Perspective; Cuban Restructuring: The Economic Risks; Prospects in a Changing Geo-Economic Environment

Roundtable on Implications and Future Agenda
4:15 PM to 5:45 PM, Room 9206-07

Closing Remarks

Invited speakers from the University of Havana: Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva; Pavel Vidal; Armando Nova; Camila Piñeiro Harnecker.

Invited speakers from Europe, the United States and Puerto Rico: Emily Morris; Bill Messina; Archibald R. M. Ritter; Mario González Corzo; Mauricio Font.

While some of our panelists will present in Spanish, each panel/session will have Powerpoint outlines in English as well as one presentation in English (with the possible exception of the Panel 1).

Moreover, the Q&A will be in both English and Spanish. 

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