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Non-agricultural cooperatives in Cuba are concentrated in the services sector

The gastronomic, personal and technical services sector today concentrates a total of 219 non-agricultural cooperatives, the largest number of such modality authorized by the Government of the Island in 2012 as part of the spaces that open to the incipient private sector.

Havana, March 1 (EFE) .- The gastronomic, personal and technical services sector today has a total of 219 non-agricultural cooperatives, the largest number of this modality Authorized by the Government of the island in 2012 as part of the spaces that open to the incipient private sector.

By the end of 2016, Cuba had a total of 397 private cooperatives in Active, and of that total 132 operate in the trade and repair of personal effects, 116 in restaurants, 60 in construction and 49 in the manufacturing sector, among others Activities.

32% of the gastronomy units and personal and technical services have gone to forms of non-state management, where cooperatives and businesses are located

Of the 4,173 centers currently managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mari Blanca Ortega, quoted by official sources. Individuals, 1,878 are dedicated to gastronomy and the remaining 2,295 to personal services such as hairdressers and barbers, and technicians, mainly engaged in the repair of equipment

Minister Ortega explained that one of the purposes of this policy is to maintain the services that are provided and to rescue those that constitute cultural traditions And historic in emblematic units, preserving their image and identity, in addition to raising quality and efficiency in customer service.

Non-agricultural cooperatives have been In the sectors of commerce, gastronomy, passenger transport and cargo movement and associated services, with construction, industry, food, Energy and accounting.

These new forms of economic management have a presence in all the provinces of the country, with 221 in the province of Havana, 68 in Artemisa, 20 in Matanzas, 14 in Mayabeque and 12 in Pinar del Rio (12), according to a report by the National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI).

The expansion of private work, undertaken since the end of 2010, is one of the main reforms of Raul Castro's government to "update" the socialist economic model of the island.

In principle, 178 activities were approved, but in the More than 200 jobs can be exercised by the "cuentapropistas", euphemism with which it is denominated the private employees.

Cuba registered more than 535,000 workers Private or non-state in 2016, according to the latest data released by the island's Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS).

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