Trump Administration Continues To Authorize Commercially-Focused, Cuba-Related OFAC Licenses; CIN To Have Office In Havana

Two questions: 1) Why didn't the Obama Administration issue the license after 396 days of consideration and 2) Why did the Trump Administration issue the license after 60 days of consideration?

Sterling, Virginia-based Cuba International Network (CIN) has received a license (CU-2015-324810-1) from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury to contract with Republic of Cuba government-operated Empresa Comercializadora de la Radio y la Television (RTV).

CIN applied for the license on 22 December 2015 and the license was issued on 20 March 2017.

The OFAC license authorizes CIN to engage in all transactions necessary to establish and maintain a physical presence in Cuba for the purpose of producing broadcasting, television, and digital live and scripted video content in Cuba for television and internet content distributors in the United States and third countries and training Cuban nationals, as described in the application. The major transactions authorized by the license include but are not limited to:

  • leasing physical premises and securing related goods and services;
  • marketing related to the physical presence;
  • employment of Cuban nationals in Cuba;
  • employment of individuals who are persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction;
  • the opening and maintenance of accounts, including the deposit of funds in such accounts by wire transfer at a financial institution in Cuba;

CIN also has a license from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the United States Department of Commerce.
Evin D. Planto, CISSP
Chief Operating Officer
Cuba International Network
21335 Signal Hill Plaza
Suite 250
Sterling, VA 20164
Office: 305.908.8901 x702
Facsimile: 305.908.8901
Mobile: 571.527.8470"Innovative Broadcasting Solutions”