HAVANA TIMES, May 26 — Cuba’s marked transportation recovery will be slower than planned as the international economic crisis is forcing the government to cut back on investment programs. Yuri Gonzalez, a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Transportation, noted on Monday that plans can not continue “as scheduled.”
Meanwhile, Pedro Ortega, director of the national railway system, announced a reduction in service, reported IPS.
The Cuban government has announced a sharp cutback in fuel use in the dominant public sector of the economy. It is also carrying out a massive campaign to encourage the general public to lower its electricity consumption as a way to mitigate the crisis and avoid the need for programmed blackouts.
With a drop in the value of Cuba’s top exports, like nickel, and the resulting lack of funds for costly imports including food and fuel, the island is making a major effort to increase agricultural production and save energy.