Archivo de Counterbalance

Archivo Counterbalance

Photo by Alex Heny

And the small and medium enterprise?

When at the start of the process of transformation of the Cuban economy President Raúl Castro presented the need to have a more rational state apparatus he mentioned that some 500,000 workers would have to be taken out of their … Continued

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And, I went to Santiago

As almost always happens in Cuba when it’s a question of planes and airports, this time I was able to get to Santiago through a combination of magic, stubbornness and resistance. A dark and hot Rancho Boyeros airport terminal 1 … Continued

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Photo by Roberto Ruiz

Much more than growing

The 1.6 percent GDP growth in 2017 is undoubtedly surprising and surpasses by far the 1.1 percent growth of the first semester of this same year. Taking into account the difficult conditions in which it was achieved, the combination of … Continued

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Street vendor in Havana. Photo: EFE.

Improving the rules of the game

  Reuters’ news again submerged me in that so special relationship between our country and that other one: that during the last 60 years there have been governments set on making of Cuba what others, from Washington, have already designed. … Continued

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Photo by Kaloian Santos Cabrera

Foreign Direct Investment, Prosperity and Development

  Since the late 1980s, foreign direct investment (FDI) has been included among the potential resources Cuba has had to boost growth and development. One would have to affirm that FDI did its job and that it did it well … Continued

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Donald Trump yesterday in Washington DC. Photo: Shawn Thew.

What is the price of the uncertainty?

  The image of Donald Trump throwing rolls of toilet paper to Puerto Rico’s population and the news that the Department of State will appropriate (much more than wrongly) the moneys of many Cubans who paid for their right to … Continued

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Vedado, days after Hurricane Irma’s passage. Photo: Buen Ayre Visual.

Irma and sustainable development

  For many the coincidence of three hurricanes and an earthquake, almost all of them at the same time and in the same region, is the result of what we call global warming and which is none other than the … Continued

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Photo by Claudio Pelaez Sordo

Our everyday “self-employment”

“And so: yes or no? Do you remember when the fried food stalls disappeared?” Those were my friend Goyo’s welcome questions when he intercepted me after the news about the “temporary suspension” of the granting of permits to a group … Continued

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Cuban science and development

At the recent first session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, one of the relevant issues was related to the “activity of science, technology and innovation.” This was so given Cuba’s characteristics, its relatively little amount of natural resources … Continued

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Photo: Roberto Ruiz

The wished-for economic growth

The growth goal (2 percent) is again becoming a focal point at the recently concluded first half of the year. I’m advancing some ideas about those factors that could have a positive impact on the economy’s growth. Growing a 2 … Continued

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