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According to statements by Joaquin Infante, National Prize for Economics 2000, estimated that this year the number of private sector workers on the island reaches the half-million or even above.

According to the vice president of the National Association of Economists and Accountants of Cuba (ANEC), at present, more than 370 thousand people working in the private sector of the island, especially in areas such as selling food, transportation passengers and rental housing.

In recent months we have implemented government facilities that encourage non-state forms of employment, which are called to give an important contribution to the economic update the guidelines promoted by the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party, said in an interview with Press America.

The extension of the authorized activities, the adjustments to the tax regime, the leased premises and the steps in order to create a wholesale market stand out among the measures.

From this scenario, the amount of self-employed, as they say here, went from 157,000 in October 2010 more than doubled.

For Infante, other action to enhance the contribution of private sector services and increasing productivity is the beginning of training courses for entrepreneurs.

It began about 200 for bookkeepers, collectors and payers in tax and accounting issues simplified in the capital said the deputy minister of National Executive Council of ANEC, a nongovernmental organization with 80 000 members.

According to the National Prize for Economics 2000, courses promoted by the organization shortly to include small business owners.

"This is their business to prepare them to function efficiently, and thus can provide a quality service to the population and contribute to national productivity," he said.

About the process of economic renovation undertaken by Cuba, Infante considered him a key concept for the development goals of the nation, in an increasingly complex environment.

Externally, we have the ongoing impact of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States to the island for over 50 years, which caused 975 billion dollars in losses, he said.

Also, added the expert-bearing structural economic crisis and the planet, with its price fluctuations.

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