Reuters reports that Cuba to expand use of employee-run cooperatives

 

Cuba will soon turn some small-scale manufacturing and retail services into cooperatives as the state retreats from minor businesses in an effort to boost the island's troubled economy, government and Communist Party sources said.

The moves are the latest reforms by President Raul Castro, who wants to reduce bureaucracy and raise productivity by easing the government's role without sacrificing the socialist system installed after Cuba's 1959 revolution.

 

A woman walks past graffiti on a wall that reads ''Fidel'', which refers to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in Havana September 6, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

 

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