Scott Parven Quoted in The Hill on Pres. Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Cuba
Scott Parven, a partner in Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice who leads the firm’s Cuba policy initiative, has been quoted in The Hill’s “Business believes US embargo on Cuba to crumble,” an article reporting on the fate of trade barriers between the United States and Cuba following the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
President Obama will visit Cuba later this month and some people, according to the article, predict it will not be long before the decades-old trade embargo is lifted. As the article notes, there has already been a loosening of restrictions on travel, banking and trade, and the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
Regarding Akin Gump’s work in this area, Parven said, “We’re focused on moving the ball incrementally, finding openings as we go and using the president’s trip as momentum and leverage to open dialogue and economic opportunities for both countries.” He added, “History will look back on this trip as pivotal in this relationship and in accelerating the pace at which the embargo is fully lifted.”