Raul Castro Announces More Private Sector Jobs for Struggling Cubans

August 2, 2010

Photo credit: Valter Campanato

Cuba (ChattahBox) – Raul Castro has announced that the government will be easing restrictions on the Communist economy, providing Cubans the opportunity to obtain a private license to reduce “bloating” in the public sector.

The Communist nation sees 95% of all employment within the public sector, with as much as 1 in 5 redundant, the Guardian reports. With this in mind, Castro has opted to allow more citizens to seek work in the private sector, while denying any overwhelming changes to the current economic ideology that has been in place for decades.

While it isn’t clear how many licenses will be provided, it will be welcome news to those within the country who are expecting cuts to their department. It will also be a positive for the unknown number of Cuban citizens who work under the radar in unlicensed private ventures.

This move is another positive sign to a certain amount of Liberalization under Raul Castro, who is known to be more practical in matters where his brother was often idealistic, rather than realistic. His strict adherence to his cause created many problems in Cuba, which Raul seems to be trying to rectify during a severe financial crisis, and a continued trade embargo with the U.S.

But it is still a far cry from an end to Communist rule, which is unlikely to change any time soon. We will have to wait and see just how many licenses are provided, and how much the economy really changes under the concessions.


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