The purpose of the Conference is to analyze the future possibilities of a Cuban transformation based on lessons learned from the transitions of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Former Soviet Union (FSU), the Latin American countries, China and Vietnam as well as recent developments in international business and diplomacy.

Cuba is the last non-reformed country of the so-called socialist block. Understanding the transformational experience of other former communist states (including the shortcomings, mistakes and achievements) can and should be a natural benefit to future Cuban reformers.

  • What possible scenarios of transformation exist?
  • Is it possible to replicate the successful reforms of the CEE, China, and Vietnam or, in a Latin American context, Chile?
  • Democratic Breakthrough vs. Authoritarian Modernization?
  • Are there ways to create a model of growth different from those existing in the Caribbean Region?
  • Can the BWI and IADB play in Cuba the same role as the EU has in the CEE countries in transition?
  • Does the speed of reforms matter? How to escape the trap of under – reforming?
  • What should be done to stay on the track of catch up development?
  • Who should the driving force of these reforms be?
  • Who are the main opponents of the reforms?
  • What restitution model can best be applied to make it effective?
  • What ways exist to extend international business engagement in Cuba? 
  • Can Cuba’s human resources be a natural advantage to a country in transition?
  • What impact will Cuba’s future transformation have on Latin America?