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Cuba: Havana wants to turn Cuba into nation of shopkeepers as regime turns to private enterprise

Cuba is ready to become a nation of shopkeepers and small business entrepreneurs after the communist government tore up rules limiting private enterprise to 127 approved categories.

As many as 2,000 areas of commerce will be added to a list of “authorised businesses” in reforms intended to create jobs and fend off the worst economic crisis since the collapse of its ally the Soviet Union.

The measure essentially opens up almost all areas of business to some form of private enterprise, as the country edges away from a Soviet-style command economy. Big industries will remain under central control, however.

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