Analysts and Cuban-based diplomats have expressed skepticism over the law, uncertain whether the one-party state has undergone a genuine change of heart and truly wants to attract foreign investors on international terms.
Areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, sugar, nickel mining, building renovation and real estate development are considered ripe for investment.
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Cuba needs to attract $2 billion to $2.5 billion in foreign direct investment per year to reach its economic growth target of 7 percent, minister for foreign trade and investment Rodrigo Malmierca said on Cuban state television on Friday night.
Cuba does not publish figures on FDI, which economists estimate to be several hundred million dollars a year at most.
Cuba's gross domestic product is expected to expand 2.2 percent this year, compared with 2.7 percent growth in 2013.
``If the economy does not grow at levels around 7 percent ... we are not going to be able to develop,'' Malmierca said.
``We have to provide incentives in order for them to come,'' Malmierca said of foreign investors.
Cuba is cut off from U.S. investment by a comprehensive trade embargo and has failed to meet its investment targets for each of the past five years.
The new investment law continues the structural economic reforms under way in Cuba since President Raul Castro took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2008. It has been anticipated since 2011, when Cuba enacted a 300-point overhaul of its domestic economy to encourage more private enterprise.