The Cuban newspaper Granma in its edition on Friday announced the start on a pilot basis the new concept called the State Order, for the purpose of progress in strengthening public management.
The test involves several companies belonging to the Ministries of Industry, Construction and Energy and Mines. The directors of these companies are authorized for wholesale to Cuban institutions, once they have fulfilled their contracts, of surplus selected production and authorized services, taking into account the demands of the market, covering all costs, expenses and tax commitments.
As for prices, “they will be in Cuban pesos ( CUP) or convertible pesos ( CUC) and discounts can be made for quality, terms of delivery and marketing , sales in large volumes or other reasons ,” the official newspaper said.
The implementation of this project will allow businesses to increase their sales and profits, which is a source for recapitalization and increased incomes for workers.
The decision is supported by resolutions (No. 641 and 471) of the Ministries of Economy and Finance, respectively, published in the Official Gazette, so that its execution is immediate.
This experiment is a preview of what will be gradually implemented in the state enterprise system of the country from January 2014, which, according to Cuban President Raul Castro, starts the “deeper” changes in the program of economic reforms that he has led since 2008.
Thus, the new measure fulfills several of the guidelines approved by the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, Granma added.
The Cuban state has centralized ownership and control over 90% of companies in the country and has more than 50% of the shares in the mixed entities with foreign capital.