Cuban economist criticizes new government measures

Cuban economist criticizes new government measures

HAVANA, January 14. The prominent Cuban economist Javier Pérez Capdevilla assured on Friday that the government’s new measures to save the country will impoverish the people.“It leads us to an enormous increase in poverty,” said the scientist on Facebook, who stated that his duty is to be critical and not conformist with the measures of the Cuban government.

He explained that the regime’s confusing and ambiguous announcements “are supposedly aimed at achieving macroeconomic stabilization,” but in reality, they are not a real solution, “but only a starting point, and there is no guarantee that it will work.”, given the persistent clumsiness of officials linked to the economy.

“The plan of measures is based on cutting subsidies and increasing prices, which leads to an enormous increase in poverty. So, what stabilization are they talking about? It is just an illusion, an assumption that does not materialize, that only makes us poorer every day, as we have suffered in recent years,” he noted.

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Pérez Capdevilla affirms that really “there are no measures to get out of economic stagnation and, much less, to reduce inflation.”

He argues that the entire plan is parallel to a “fiscal deficit that leads to the generation of more liquid money, which does not stimulate the economy, but rather inflation.”

“You cannot save a country if you do not save the people,” he stressed.

He said that his distrust is reinforced by the projection of erroneous analyses such as the government’s assertion that “the percentage of consumers below a certain number of kilowatts is the variable that determines that the rest are high consumers.”

“That is an outrage that offends science and common sense,” said Pérez Capdevilla.

Likewise, in the fact that the economic effects have been poorly measured and the social effects that affect us even in our health have not been calculated, which has influenced the greater isolation of provinces such as Guantánamo, where many people must travel due to problems. of disease that cannot be resolved in that territory due to a lack of equipment and other means of diagnosis.

“I’m pretty sure many economists in our nation’s capital have noticed this, but they haven’t been listened to,” he said.

Since the announcement of the measures, which increased basic services in the country by between 20 and 500%, the Cuban population, which was already suffocated, has shown its discontent with the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel and its solutions to resolve the “distortions” that they created.

“They are inciting the demonstration. I am a Fidelista and I was 100% in agreement with the economy and the situation in Fidel Castro’s time, but it is no longer there. The new government is leading the people against the wall,” said a Cuban in full street.

The people do not have the resources to survive day to day and the government foresees an increase in the price of basic services such as liquefied gas, electricity, fuel and transportation. Many people fear that their salary will not even be enough to go to work.

“If I buy food, I can’t pay for gas, electricity, or anything. It’s like that with everything. This is a disaster,” said another Cuban interviewed in Havana by Martí Noticias.

The regime, for its part, asks for confidence and says that the measures will take into account the most vulnerable. However, the population disbelieves these statements when almost 90% are in a vulnerable situation.

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