Monday, January 16, 2017

Cuba Has Almost 400 Private Cooperatives Five Years After Their Authorization

Cuba Has Almost 400 Private Cooperatives Five Years After Their
Authorization / EFE, 14ymedio

EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 14 January 2017 — Cuba registered a total of
397 private cooperatives – in culinary, personal and technical services
– a form of economic management created in 2012 that is still in
the experimental phase, sources said Friday during a national workshop
to analyze their operation.

Non-agricultural cooperatives have been formed in sectors such as trade,
gastronomy, passenger transport and cargo movement and associated
services, with construction, industry, food, energy and accounting
activities, according to a report from the state agency Press Latina.

The experiment of autonomous cooperatives focus on activities that offer
solutions to local development and contribute to the well-being of the
population, based on principles that are in line with international best
practices, said Grisel Tristá, a member of the Commission for the
implementation and development of the economic reforms approved by the
Cuban Government.

At present, 62% (248) of the private cooperatives operate in the areas
of commerce, gastronomy, technical and professional services; 17.4% (69)
in construction; and 8.5% (33) work in the industrial branch, according
to data cited by the official.

As he explained, the test of this form of economic management that
operates with self-employed workers continues in order to "consolidate"
the structures authorized by the Government, with the aim of "validating
concepts and practical knowledge" that will allow them "to increase in
scope" in the future within the economic structure of the country.

Tristá also mentioned that 93 of the total number of cooperatives
approved by the Council of Ministers remain to be constituted, most of
them related to the administration of state eating establishments in
Havana, a measure that is being gradually applied in order to improve
service in that activity.

This workshop on non-agricultural cooperatives, which will conclude this
Saturday, examines, among other issues, the linking of producers and
wholesale markets with cooperatives, training of members, application of
legal rules and labor unions in cooperatives.

Among the most debated topics are the poor mechanisms for the training
of partners and the problems with the supply of products in the
wholesale markets, according to official media.

Cuba ended 2016 with more than 535,000 registered private or non-state
workers, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Labor
and Social Security.

Source: Cuba Has Almost 400 Private Cooperatives Five Years After Their
Authorization / EFE, 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -

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