2005: A Turning Point for the Cuban Economy

June 7, 2005 - 7:00 pm

Emily Morris, The Economist

Mauricio Font, The Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies

Recent improvements in Cuba’s external financing position have altered the conditions under which the Cuban economy operates, created new possibilities, and started a transformation of the economy’s structure. What is the nature of this transformation, and what does it mean for the economy outlook in the medium term?

Emily Morris is a senior economist/analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. Her specialty is Latin America. She has worked at the EIU for ten years. Previously she was lecturer in development economics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. At the EIU she is responsible for the coverage of Cuba and Brazil, producing monthly economic forecasts, quarterly Country Reports, Country Risk Service reports and annual Country Profiles. She also mantains EIU’s model of the Cuban economy (integrated with its global economic model). She has a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Sussex, a Master from Middlesex University, and is working on a Ph.D. dissertation on Cuban economic policy since 1990 in a comparative context.