Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Calls for Efficiency

Calls for Efficiency/ 14ymedio
Posted on February 22, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2016 — Several generations of Cubans have
lived surrounded by calls for efficiency, sacrifice and
productivity. There are so many billboards, posters and slogans
demanding that people to do more and better, that we don't even read
them or listen to these demands. They are on the walls, in workplaces,
in schools and even in hospitals, but they do not achieve their
objective nor make the country into a more productive and prosperous place.

With Raul Castro the slogans have lost some of their ideological baggage
they carried during the reign of his brother, and are now filled with
demands for quality. Also proliferating are calls for "tightening our
belts." However, the forecasts for economic growth for 2016 stand at 2%,
half of what was expected in 2015.

Weak growth is also due, in part, to the falling prices of nickel and
sugar, two of the country's most important exports. But it is mainly due
to the low productivity of a country that imports 80% of the food that
it consumes.

Source: Calls for Efficiency/ 14ymedio | Translating Cuba -

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