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Cuba approves new private sector jobs

Havana, Sept 27, (RHC-XINHUA), -- The Cuban government has approved 10 new private-sector occupations, an official gazette said Thursday.

Real estate agents and telecommunications equipment sales agents are most notable among the jobs now open to the country's growing number of self-employed workers.

"Real estate agents can now provide their management service and coordinate the exchange, purchase and sale of houses according to the clients' requests," said a government gazette released Thursday.

Telecommunications agents, it added, will be able to "promote and sell telecommunications products and services supplied by wholesaler ETECSA," said Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company.

Other newly legalised occupations include antique dealers, managers of rental properties, construction service providers, as well as wholesalers and retailers of agriculture products with certain jobs only permitted in given provinces.

Another eight occupations whose practice was once authorised and later suspended -- mostly due to the absence of a legal market for the needed raw materials and inputs -- have been reinstated, including blacksmith, smelter and makers and sellers of marble, soap and ink.

Cuba is gradually opening the door to greater private-sector economic activity as it tries to modernise its economy and reduce the bloated public sector.

More than 436,000 Cubans are currently involved in self-employed work, official figures showed.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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