US further eases trade, travel restrictions on Cuba

US travelers authorized to go to Cuba will now be able to open bank accounts there, form joint ventures with Cuban firms and open offices, warehouses, and retail outletsThe United States further eased restrictions on business and travel with Cuba Friday, as it presses forward in rebuilding long-frozen relations with its former Cold War foe. Two months after formally restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, the US made it easier for Americans to establish and operate businesses in Cuba, removed remittance limits and widened travel opportunities to the Caribbean island nation. 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.

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