The December sessions of Cuba’s legislature always provide information on economic policies and the economy’s performance, and this year’s information flow has started:
- There are 357,000 licensed small entrepreneurs, compared to 143,000 in late 2010.
- The bureaucracy is under criticism for taking too long and making it too hard for applicants who want to get a piece of idle land and put it into agricultural production.
- Since new measures went into effect, 6009 car sales have been approved, also 301 home sales, 565 donations of homes, and 401 swaps.
And from other sources:
- The income tax rates paid by entrepreneurs will be reduced (from Cuban television report).
- Reuters: To improve farm incentives and production, policies concerning land grants are being changed: the plots will be bigger, lease terms are increasing from 10 to 25 years, and the land and houses or other improvements may be transferred to family members.