By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, April 23 — Taking a look at the reforms being/to be implemented in Cuba’s economy, I came up with some indicators that we can evaluate five years down the road (and consider along the way) to see if the reforms have a positive impact on life under Cuban socialism.
– If Cuban workers can meet their basic needs with their salaries.
– If Cuba greatly increases its food production and distribution networks and can thus considerably lower imports without decreasing already low consumption levels.
– If Cuba’s housing infrastructure sees more repairs and/or new construction than collapse and further deterioration.
– If getting to and from work on public transportation ceases to be a second job in itself for most people.
– If low and high level theft and corruption cease to be a generally recognized norm at State companies/institutions.
– If there is an improvement in public education and health care or at least a break in the decline experienced over the last decade.
– If social inequalities sure to increase do not reach the typical Latin American proportions.
– If young people generally feel positive about their future in Cuba.
– If child-bearing age women increasingly feel secure enough to have children.
– If the immigration status of Cubans is normalized with clear policies, eliminating the current restrictions.
Achieving some of these indicators partially depends on other civil rights and liberties issues, scheduled to be addressed in a Communist Party policy conference next January.