Is it time for cuban professionals to go private?


Certain indications suggest that airs of change are blowing in Cuba. COVID-19 has come to mobilize wills that seemed inert in the face of the risks of making difficult decisions and mindsets clinging to the illusion of expecting different economic results by doing the same thing that has been done for decades and that life, stronger than any whim, has demonstrated its inefficiency.

The economic strategy announced days ago by the Cuban government seems to be going in the right direction but it is still a great unknown because the details of its implementation have not yet been converted into new rules of the game, nor divulged so that we can join with our opinions to the final shaping of the regulations to come.

The practical and seemingly minor details, those that are not talked about in television appearances, or of which some are not interested in knowing why reading an Official Gazette has little bit of entertaining, are usually the decisive ones. They say more than an official statement or the pronouncement of a high public servant. It is there and in the interpretation of the regulators that the game is won or lost, that we will know, when they are published, whether we are really going to break molds or continue to hit with the head a wall that will only yield under the brute force of intelligence and audacity.

One of the unknown “details” for the time being and that will be an indicator of how deep the national economic fabric is willing to transform is the space that will open up, or not, to professionals within the announced expansion of the private sector, whether in self-employment (TCP), non-agricultural cooperatives or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Until the day I write these lines, we have scarcely seen a handful of professional work licenses on their own, such as computer equipment programmers, arts teachers or translator-interpreters who allow someone with a university degree to earn their bread and contribute to society with their taxes by exercising the profession for which they employed studying , at least 5 years of his life.


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