Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Agence France-Presse April 4, 2013 15:30

Cuba economic reforms moving 'at a good pace:' Castro

Reforms aimed at breathing new life into Cuba's decrepit Soviet-style

economy are advancing "at a good pace," President Raul Castro said

Thursday, dismissing calls for accelerated change.

Since sweeping economic reforms introduced in 2011 "we can see that

we've advanced at a good pace," according to the daily Granma.

The president said that "the magnitude and complexity" of Cuba's

problems "do now allow us to resolve them from one day to another," the

state newspaper said.

Castro urged Cubans to "resist pressure from those who insist that we

should move faster," although he added that the country is currently "at

a better moment" to push the economic reforms forward.

Castro, 81, took over from his ailing older brother Fidel in 2006 and

has gradually been overhauling island's antiquated Soviet-style economy.

Measures include trimming state payrolls and allowing more types of

self-employment, handing over unused land to farmers, and allowing

private ownership of things like homes, cars, mobile phones and computers.

His goal is to liberalize Cuba's economy and encourage more private

entrepreneurship, but at the same time maintain a key role for the Cuban

state through joint ventures.

The reforms are also aimed at trimming back the bloated public sector.

The government still controls 90 percent of the economy and is by far

the main source of jobs on the island.

Castro said the reform blueprint "has helped us work with more order and

discipline."

He called on his ministers to "think and re-think everything we do,

periodically check each measure to correct possible mistakes," and urged

them and not to stop "despite obstacles that may emerge."

In its 2014 economy plan and budget, the Cuban government hopes to

increase exports and cut back on imports.

Desperately needed foreign currency comes from tourism, the sale of

medicine, and exports of nickel and sugar.

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