Cuban government admits “mistakes” in economic reforms

Cuban government admits "mistakes" in economic reformsHAVANA, march 27th (AFP) The Cuban government has admitted to making “mistakes” in the implementation of economic “discounting” reforms in recent years at a meeting of the Cuban Communist Party (CCP) presided by Raul Castro.

Before the central committee of the CPC, meeting for two days to assess the progress of the “update” economic reform coordinator Marino Murillo said that after 2011, the pace of these had been reduced “due to their complexity “, but also” errors in planning and control processes, “the state daily Granma reported Tuesday morning.

In addition, the country’s financial situation “made it impossible to provide adequate support for a package that required investment,” the CCP’s newspaper added.

Raul Castro, who is due to step down next month, has for the past seven years been carrying out a series of reforms aimed at modernizing an obsolete economic model modeled on the Soviet system, notably by allowing private small entrepreneurship and further opening up the country. foreign investment.

But these reforms are slow to bear fruit and the authorities sometimes see the accumulation of wealth by some, also denouncing “illegal acts” in the non-state sector.

The highest authority of the CCP also deplored “the lack of a culture of taxation in the country” and a communication problem that has generated misunderstandings among the population.

Thus, new “higher-level legal standards” governing the activities of some 580,000 private workers have been validated by the Central Committee.

It advocates “the continuity of the updating of the economic and social model”, but now with “increased participation and responsibility on the part of” state agencies, reported Granma without providing more details.

All reforms “are being revised, and among the priorities are (…) monetary and exchange unification and the elaboration of the National Plan for Economic and Social Development by 2030,” the daily added. official.

“Despite the mistakes and shortcomings noted by (the CCP), the situation is more favorable than a few years ago,” said Raul Castro. After very weak growth in 2016 (0.5%), the country saw a recovery in 2017, to 1.6%, mainly driven by tourism.

Unique in the world, the monetary duality must be suppressed on the island. But it remains unclear whether this complex reform will be conducted before the departure of Raul Castro. Aged 86, he must hand over the presidency to a leader of the new generation on April 19.