The Cuban government approved 498 non-agricultural cooperatives since the first 124 were created a year ago as a new model of economic enterprise, Cabinet secretary Homero Acosta said.

Of the 498 approved, 283 are now in business, chiefly in the sectors of restaurants and related services, Acosta said Friday in the closing speech of an international congress of attorneys held in Havana, according to a report by the official AIN news agency.

The Cuban National Assembly in July 2012 extended the cooperative formula to more than 200 non-agricultural activities, including restaurants and "technical and personal services," in order to try out a kind of economic enterprise that for years was only permitted in the farming sector....



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