HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Modifications to laws governing self-employment came into effect last Friday in Cuba, as part of the policy to improve the legal framework under which 13 percent of the Cuban workforce operates as self employed.
Such workers or who wish to begin can go to the processing offices to start the process of applying for licences, in accordance with the provisions of the rules approved in June of this year, which were modified last Wednesday.
In June, reorganization measures were approved aimed at avoiding legislative dispersion, increasing control to avoid illegalities and tax evasion and reordering the number of activities and their scope, which, after the discussion process with the self-employed workers, were subjected to modifications for greater precision and to respond to the criticisms made.
Among the new modifications introduced are the authorizations to carry out more than one activity, eliminating the limit for food services, reducing the minimum balance required in the business accounts and increasing up to 35 percent the amount in cash that can be retained as a fund in such accounts.
Also opened up again were the authorizations for 26 activities that were frozen, with the exception of computer equipment programmers, until its scope and characteristics are specified in the policy that the ministry of communications is developing in this regard.
During the radio and television Round Table, last Wednesday, authorities of the ministry of labour and social security reaffirmed that the changes do not mean setbacks, but part of a process of improvement in order to eradicate deviations that have arisen.
Some 588,000 people are currently self-employed in Cuba, a sector that constitutes an important complement to the Cuban economy since it boosts employment and services.