HAVANA – President Raul Castro called on the Cuban government to eliminate wastefulness, provide more efficient, higher quality services while keeping its “feet on the ground” and its “ear to the ground” to hear what people are saying.
Castro made the request at an extended Jan. 28-29 meeting of the Cabinet, Communist Party daily Granma said Tuesday.
The president said that the greatest contribution that can be made to the nation’s economy at this time is to eliminate waste, not by cutting services but by making them better and more efficient.
He also asked national authorities to keep an “ear to the ground,” according to Granma, an allusion to their need to know what people think about decisions the government is taking, since they deal with “new things” and require “maximum attention.”
The Raul Castro government has undertaken a plan of adjustments in order to “modernize the socialist economic model” as a way to overcome the island’s chronic state of crisis.
The most important measures consist of expanding private employment, eliminating 500,000 state jobs this year, ending “unnecessary” subsidies, applying a new tax system and making the real estate market more flexible, among others.
These economic reforms are to be ratified at the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, which will be held in mid-April. EFE