US further eases Cuba restrictions

  • 19/09/2015
US President Barack Obama (Reuters)
US President Barack Obama (Reuters)

The United States has further eased restrictions on business and travel with Cuba.

Two months after formally restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, the US on Friday (local time) made it easier for its citizens to establish and operate businesses in Cuba, removed remittance limits and widened travel opportunities to the country.

It also cleared up small, irksome restrictions like ones that had prevented representatives of US businesses working in other countries from taking their own computers into Cuba, and which blocked the use in the United States of Cuban-developed apps for mobile phones and computers.

"A stronger, more open US-Cuba relationship has the potential to create economic opportunities for both Americans and Cubans alike," US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said.

"By further easing these sanctions, the United States is helping to support the Cuban people in their effort to achieve the political and economic freedom necessary to build a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba."

The new moves further erode the sanctions that were in place since the early 1960s until US President Barack Obama reversed course by announcing an opening to the communist country last December.