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From: Edward-Isaac Dovere >
Date: March 20, 2016 at 8:01:35 PM GMT-4
To: Desiree Barnes >, Peter Velz >
Cc: Cuba Pool Reports >, Print Pool >, Blake Hounshell >, "Karey Van Hall" >
Subject: Travel pool report #9 -- dinner background
The White House sends along the following:
The First Family this evening dined at San Cristobal, one of the best known paladars in Cuba. Paladars are privately owned and oftentimes family operated restaurants that form a critical part of Cuba's growing private sector. In 2010, the government expanded licenses for private sector employment, leading to a more than three-fold increase in non-state sector employment. During the visit, the President will be able to underscore the growing role of self-owned businesses - or cuentapropistas - in the Cuban economy and in improving the livelihoods of the Cuban people.
San Cristobal, which has been in operation for approximately 5 years, is owned by Carolos Cristobal Marquez, who lives above the restaurant with his family.
Senior White House reporter