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Cuba: Small Businesses Hindered by New Regulations

When there’s only just over a month before the Cuban government’s “package” of new regulations for self-employment come into effect, doubts and uncertainty are still prevalent in a sector that is calling them “arbitrary measures that have not been approved by anyone who will have to comply by them.”

This is what lawyer Lilian Romero Moreno, the Clandestina store/workshop’s legal adviser, says, who feels that these regulations have disrupted her professional stability, which she has managed to achieve with a great deal of “effort and sacrifice”. Especially the regulation that relates to a self-employed person only being able to have one license, which has given her more than one headache.

“I have two licenses. I am a shop assistant and I also have an artisan’s license because we have a space at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) where we sell our products.

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