Cuba's Economic Reforms
- First draft written and approved in November 2010
- Sixth Communist Party Congress convened in April 2011 to discuss and debate the Lineamientos.
- Second draft written and approved in May 2011
- 2/3 of the linemaientos were modified, integrated or eliminated in the second draft, and 36 new lineamientos were added.
- Majority of new lineamientos were in the Macro Economics and the Agricultural Industry sections.
- Total lineamientos in Draft I: 291
- Total lineamientos in Draft II: 311
General Themes of the Lineamientos:
- Increase unproductive land by 50%
- Regain lost capital available to industry
- Cut excessively high payrolls and restructure payroll and employment policies
- Raise labor productivity with a combination of harsher discipline and more salary bonuses.
- Increase exports in a wider array of products.
- Reduce dependence on imports.
I. Economic Management Model
- 1: The socialist planning system will remain as the dominant strategy in Cuba.
- 9: The creation of supply markets selling at wholesale prices, without subsidies for cooperatives, lessors, farmers and self-employed workers.
- 22: The number of employees will be determined by the private enterprise.
II. Macroeconomic Policies
- 56: Change taxation system in favor of a more progressive structure.
- 62: The central authority will remain in control of price levels and structure.
VI. Social Policy
- 162: The rations book will no longer be used as the method of distribution.
VII. Agricultural Policies
- 172: Modify the production system to allow a more streamlined and efficient collection process.
- 183: Develop a training program to provide education in the fields of vetinary, industrial technology, economics, administration and others.
X. Transport Policy
- 286: Allow the sales of privately owned automobiles between individuals.
XI. Construction, Housing and Hydraulic Resource Policy
- Allow the sales of private homes between individuals.
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