HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 15 — The Cuban government will allow the creation of cooperatives to alleviate the surplus workforce in the state sector, which has already announced the elimination of 500,000 jobs by the end of March 2011.
According to a document circulated since late August by the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the new private endeavors will cover agricultural and food production, construction, transportation and diverse services, reported IPS.
The details of how the cooperatives will be organized and how they will purchase raw materials and other inputs, and market their products, has yet to be made public.
Likewise, the rules and regulations regarding contracted labor and taxes is expected to be forthcoming. No mention has been made about a cooperative being able to import or export or enter into a joint venture with foreign capital.