Cuba to try letting workers run state restaurants

Cuba announces pilot program leasing state restaurants to employees' independent management

Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban authorities have announced that the government will begin renting out state-owned restaurants to workers who want to run them independently.

It's a trial program set to begin in December in three provinces as part of President Raul Castro's economic reform package.

Interior Commerce Vice Minister Ada Chavez Oviedo calls it a "new system of economic management" and says it will have a gradual rollout.

Chavez says initially it will apply to restaurants that have between one and five employees.

Her remarks are in a Friday article by the Communist Party newspaper Granma announcing the measure.

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