After Fidel, Cuba Poised to Capitalize on Economic, Energy Opportunities

After Fidel, Cuba Poised to Capitalize on Economic, Energy Opportunities

MIAMI -- A post-Fidel Castro Cuba, led by Fidel's younger brother Raúl, appears poised to open itself up to limited foreign investment under the close supervision of the communist island's military, which controls much of the economy, according to experts. The island nation's energy resources hold particular economic potential.

During the last 19 months, in which Raúl Castro has acted as Cuba's "interim leader," little has changed for average Cubans, who continue to face shortages of food and basic necessities.

However, the 76-year-old brother of Cuba's long-time "Commandante" has sought new deals with resort developers from Canada and Europe in hopes of improving the country's tourism sector -- Cuba's most profitable asset -- and spoken of improving relations with its Cold War rival the United States.

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