Vastavam web: Cuba will soon publish the long-expected new regulations for its embryonic private sector and unfreeze the issuance of licenses at the end of the year, the ruling Communist Party newspaper Granma reported late on Monday. The Cuban government suspended the issuance of licenses for 27 of the 201 occupations it allows in the private sector nearly a year ago, while deliberating how to improve what it prefers to calls “self-employment” and curb malpractices like tax evasion. “The content of the norms responds on the one hand to the requests of the self-employed workers, and on the other hand they include regulations to perfect the practice and oversight of the activities,” Granma said.
The regulations will become effective “from 150 days of publication in the gazette” – meaning in December, giving authorities time to figure out how to implement them, it said. The newspaper reported the government would then reissue licenses for the 27 activities it had frozen, which include some of the most popular and lucrative ones like a bed-and-breakfast business or a restaurant.