Directly from the mouth of Marino Murrillo, the Castro dictatorship’s “economics czar,” comes a very important clarification: The reforms of dictator Raul Castro do not and will not include the privatization of state-run businesses or the privatizing of the economy. Considering the fact that Cuba’s ruling Castro family owns every business on the island above the level of shoeshine services and selling croquetas from a cart, this makes clear once again that the hopeful “reforms” so highly touted by the media and “Cuba Experts” are not that all that reforming.
Cuba Is Not Privatizing its Economy
HAVANA TIMES – Cuba is not turning its state-owned-and-managed property into private property, says economics czar Marino Murillo.
Addressing Cuba’s National Assembly of Popular Power, the head of the Commission on Implementation and Development of the Guidelines made several important points about the reforms in the nation’s economic structure that are known as “actualization” or updates.
The address was delivered on July 7 but was publicized this week by the official website Cubadebate to coincide with the opening of the First International Congress on Economic Management and Development being held in Havana.
Cubadebate presents the speech as “excerpts, an encapsulated version of the statements” by Murillo. The summary carries “no exact quotes, so as to better inform” the members of ANEC, the National Association of Economists and Accountants of Cuba, which is hosting the Congress. The translation below is by Progreso Semanal.
Among the statements attributed to Murillo by Cubadebate:
“It is not correct to say that in Cuba today a transformation of government property into private property is taking place. The actualization of the Cuban economic model presupposes, above all, that social property is above the basic means of production. To actualize the model does not change the structural foundation of property over the basic means of production. A change in property is not taking place. […]
“Do not mistake transformation of property for modernization of management. They are two different things. The actualization of the Cuban economic model […] presupposes modernizing management, making property efficient and developing the productive forces. It does not mean a change in the structure of property.
“The economic model in gestation acknowledges and promotes the development of non-state formulas for property management, such as foreign investment, self-employed labor, cooperatives. It acknowledges and promotes different actors in the economy, among which it assigns a leading role to the socialist state enterprises.
“[Economic] Guideline No. 2 acknowledges the diversity of the actors in the economy and refers to other forms that, as a whole, must make [the economy] more effective. That means that, in terms of management, we must do the necessary to make the economy more efficient. But this, in turn, has limits, the limits of social property over the basic means of production, which define our system.
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