Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jailed man not interested in "meddling" in other nations' internal affairs

Alan P. Gross, the U.S. citizen detained in Cuba, only wants to help people, a friend of his told the New York Times.
Howard Feinberg told the newspaper:
The Alan I know is someone who is concerned only about helping improve the human condition, not meddling in people’s politics.
Gross had been hired by a company called Development Alternatives Inc., which has a U.S. government contract to carry out pro-democracy work in Cuba.
The Times said Gross "started a company called Joint Business Development Center," or JBDC, in 2001.
The company's Web site, according to the Times, says it has “supported Internet connectivity in locations where there was little or no access,” including Iraq, Afghanistan, Armenia and Kuwait.

Above, Alan Gross' public profile

The Times said the company earned less than $70,000 in 2009, records show.
On one Web site, I found the following additional information about Gross, A.P. Gross & Company and JBDC:
Alan Gross is Founding Member of JBDC, LLC and directs its International Business Group. His 30 years of trade facilitation and industry development experience is derived from work in feasibility analysis to export and investment development to business management. Gross is active in strategic market development and IP voice and data communications systems development. He has been a key provider of Internet services as a competitiveness improvement strategy in emerging markets and in support of humanitarian aid efforts worldwide.

Previously, he was CEO of A.P. Gross & Company, Inc., a private holding company. Gross served as pro tem CEO of a number of small turnaround investment projects and directed the company’s management consulting practice. During this time he worked with major multinational corporations involved in offshore investment, such as Cargill, Anvil Knitwear and Land O’Lakes. Prior to APGross, he was a Principal Associate with Robert R. Nathan Associates where he directed the firm’s International Private Sector Development activities and he was responsible for developing and managing international projects funded through USAID and other donor agencies. Earlier in his career he was Operations Vice President of the Intercontinental Trade Development Corporation, an import-export business.
Links:
Along the Malecon's U.S.-Cuba relations page
Along the Malecon's Spy vs. spy page

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