The Havana Science and Technology Park (PCT) has been authorised to export professional services, thus joining the more than 60 entities with this power, in order to attend to non-state forms of management in freely convertible currency.

This process is covered by Resolution 327/2022 of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment (Mincex), recently published in the Official Gazette of the Republic.

Rafael Luis Torralbas Ezpeleta, president of this trading company, explained to Granma that until then, the PCT exported services generated within the institution, and represented projects of state entities such as the University of Informatics Sciences.

He added that now the possibility of exporting private micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) within the PCT ecosystem is opening up, through the commercial representation services that already exist.

Torralbas Ezpeleta highlighted that work is underway on a contract to export services from the MSME emsi Farma to an Italian company, and other opportunities with Laberinto Tech and Dofleini, processes that will have a direct impact on increasing the Park’s income from exports.

The Havana PCT incubates a total of 12 technology-based MSMEs, which work on the development of IT and technological solutions in the industrial field, automation for the pharmaceutical industry, foreign trade for tourism, additive manufacturing, domotics (a set of techniques aimed at automating a home, which integrate technology in security systems, energy management, welfare or communications), technical security, manufacture of machinery and implements for the health sector, containers and packaging, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, among other aspects.

The President of the Havana PCT stressed that this will undoubtedly be another incentive for other MSMEs to opt for this ecosystem to incubate their initiatives.

For this process, the same existing model would be used: they can arrive as a project and be born as a company in the PCT; be created as a company and be domiciled in the Park, to take advantage of its benefits and incentives; and they can even be domiciled outside the ecosystem and approach it to change their domicile and start working together.

“The conditions remain the same: to have an innovative project, related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and with an impact on economic and social development,” said Torralbas Ezpeleta.

However, he clarified that exports are the result of a more complex evolution process; first, there must be a successful project with a marketable result, which has a certain success at national level and which, through an adequate marketing and communication strategy, is placed in a foreign market, either by an export at the border or deployed in other countries.

For this reason, he said, the Park, rather than serving as a simple “bridge” between management and a foreign entrepreneur, wants to participate with them in the construction of the opportunity.