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Cuba begins public debate on economic reforms

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on December 2, 2010

by BBC News Latin American and Caribbean, December 2nd, 2010.

Cuba has launched a public debate on plans to transform its socialist economy by reducing the role of the state and boosting private enterprise.

Ordinary Cubans are being encouraged to discuss the changes so their views can be taken into account at a ruling communist party congress next April. The government says everyone should have a free say on the future of Cuba. But it also insists that the “socialist character” of Cuba’s political system will not change.

Under the headline “It is the people who decide”, the official Communist Party newspaper Granma said everyone in Cuba should take part in the economic debate. It urged people to discuss the changes through Communist Party organisations, trade union meetings and community groups. “Nobody should remain with an unexpressed opinion, much less be prevented from expressing it,” it said. “At stake is the future of the Cuban nation.”

However, Granma also stressed that the “socialist character” of Cuba’s political and social system was “irrevocable.” (continue reading… )


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