HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With the aim of providing the growing self-employment sector in Cuba with tools that promote its successful performance, the National Economists and Accountants Association (ANEC) is offering theoretical courses, which have been welcomed by participants.
Following the end of the eighth training course on accounting and taxation, in Havana, Michel Gomez, a self-employed accountant and bookkeeper for two years, said that the training had updated him on new legislation and resolutions that are very useful for his job.
Meanwhile, Sergio Baez, a retired worker and member of the Cuban architects and engineers association, said the initiative has provided him with knowledge that helps him start over again. Baez, 65, wants to open his own business as a bookkeeper.
ANEC president in Havana, Nicolas Valladares, said that the courses take a whole week and are open to everyone. He explained that the attendance also includes professionals like economists and accountants, who come to improve their knowledge.
According to official statistics, by last February, the number of self-employed individuals in Cuba was estimated at 371,200. The figure is expected to add another 240,000 workers this year to reach over half a million.
A large number of self-employed persons have preferred to open businesses in areas like the processing and sale of foodstuffs in cafeterias or restaurants with hired personnel. Also popular are businesses in cargo and passenger transportation, house rentals, purchasing produce and domestic items, and other fields of service.