In many ways, President Obama’s actions in December 2014 could be considered a lagged response to evolving economic reforms in Cuba. Since 2008, a number of policy changes have paved the way for private markets. As it begins to benefit from these reforms and leverage a new relationship with the United States, Cuba has pronounced strengths (such as an educated and literate population) and weaknesses that will play into its outlook. Cuba’s relatively successful pharmaceutical sector demonstrates its capacity for innovation. One challenge is weak investment—a negative for broad industrial development.
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