Cuba gives state-run companies more autonomy

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has approved several measures giving state-run businesses more autonomy.

Man stops for a pick-me-up at a cane juice stand. Price for the sweet drink: around 4 cents. Photo by Adam Raney

The changes include giving government-run enterprises more leeway to conduct secondary commercial operations.

For example, a factory that specializes in canned vegetables could get into a side business such as candy-making or recycling.

Previously, such entities were mostly barred from doing anything outside of their primary activity.

They will also be allowed to sell any excess goods at market prices.

The measures published Monday in the government’s Official Gazette say state companies can keep up to 50 percent of their profits, 20 percent more than before.

The changes are the latest in a package of reforms that seek to revive Cuba’s weak economy.

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