Cuba: Economic Reforms Bring First Wholesale Market

Amid talks of financial reforms in Cuba , the country inaugurated Mercabal, its first wholesale food market upon Saturday. The move is a element of border modifications being made to the particular country’s economy by Cuban President Raul Castro .

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Mary Blanca Ortega , Interior Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of Commerce (MINCIN) said the opening of the low cost food market would generate more cooperatives, leaving out private workers, or even “ cuantepropistas, ” at the outset.

Mercabal is part of “the process of reordering trade to meet one of the most repeated needs of those who exercise the new condition forms of management in the country, ” based on Granma newspaper. Some of its products consist of beans, cigars, soda drinks, ales, sugar, salt, preserves, chicken, burgers, and sausages. Discounts will range between 20 to 30 percent of the store price.

Located in Havana , the low cost food market opened its doors at any given time when the Cuban government “temporarily” hanging the issuing of several personal sector job licenses.

Official figures indicate that Cuba now has 550, 000 authorized private workers and 429 non-agricultural cooperatives in operation.

Although committed to economic reforms, the Cuban government has reiterated that it is not going to allow the concentration of property plus wealth through private management, neither turn its back on the socialist principles.

“ The people will participate in the choices that the government takes, ” stated Cuban Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel . “The people may also recall someone who doesn’t fulfill their own responsibilities. There has to be a focus on connections to, links with, the people, to hear the people, deeply investigate the problems which exist and inspire debates about those people problems. ”