The Cuban Domestic Trade department put the number eateries being privatized at 9,000 -- compared with 1,261 private family-run restaurants already operating. The state will still own the land the restaurants sit on.

This is not the Cuban government's first step toward a more private economy for Cuba.

Self-employment including the creation of privately owned "paladares" was first authorized in 1993. Moreover, in May 2011, President Raul Castro's government announced a new reform plan that shifted toward the free market and announced that some state-owned businesses such as barbershops or beauty shops would become private...



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