Havana, Cuba, Jan 4.- New possibilities opened on January 1st for the self-employed in Cuba to rent spaces, has allowed an increase in self-employment in several different services.
Former workers of state owned Personal, Technical and Home services in the Provinces of Pinar del Rio, Havana, Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila, Las Tunas and part of Matanzas are now able to run their private services while renting state-owned space. The new measures, which were announced on December 23rd in Cuba’s Official Gazette, will extend to the rest of the country gradually.
Working space will be rented to carpenters, tapestry workers, locksmiths, photographers, shoe makers etc. These new private businesses will be able to set their own working hours and prices and will be able to rent a particular working space or equipment of state property for up to ten years. Moreover they will be exempted for up to a year’s rent if they make their own repairs of the establishment.
These new workers will have to acquire their supplies at regular stores however and will also have to preserve the name of the establishment. They will also abide to the public regulations and those concerning health and security in the workplace. (Taken from Radio Havana Cuba).