New Emigration Measures / Aimee Cabrera #Cuba

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By Aimée Cabrera

New emigration measures take effect on the 14th of January of this year.  Passports can be requested at Identity Card and Population Registration Offices, of Immigration and Immigration Matters; also from the Ministry of the Interior of the provinces of Artemisa, Mayabeque, and the municipality of the Isle of Youth.  There are 195 office in the entire country.

Now when you have to go to change or get the identity card, you have to get into a line of a thousand hells, they complicate everything, never doing anything so that “the lower ones feel attended” — as someone from the capital municipality of Plaza noted.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Security carries out, together with the institutions of the State central administration, the process of defining which citizens are subject to the regulations  established in the Decree 306/12, in which one can upgrade passports without the holder being present.

Minors under 18 years of age and disabled will be able to upgrade passports without a fee, in accordance with Resolution 43 of the Ministry of the Interior.  The parents and legal representatives also have to show the identity card of the minor, and an authorization formalized before a notary public.

If one or both parents, or the legal representatives are outside of the country the formalized authorization is presented before a corresponding consular officer; if one of the parents has passed away, the death certificate must be shown, as must the judicial resolution when one of them does not have parental authority or it has been suspended.

The increase in requests for passports for the desire to flee the country, where no one can adequately prosper, is remarkable. While this measure constitutes an opening, it is not for all.  Cubans that belong to illegal groups or from the opposition continue waiting to be able to emigrate and admitting the obstacles imposed by the offices that provide these services.

“I don’t want to stay, I want to travel where I desire and return to my homeland, for people that want the same as me, I don’t see anything in writing, nothing more than negative”, expressed a worker in the tourist sector.

 Translated by: BW

January 9 2013

Golden Eggs / Aimee Cabrera #Cuba

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The sale of unrationed eggs at 1.50 Cuban pesos, one of the cheapest foods most in demand by the capital’s population, has disappeared, as has the re-sale at 2.00 pesos in private homes and in the street.

Aspects denoting lack of organization and laziness significantly affected the poultry production of entities such as the National Poultry Complex of Camagüey (CANC), which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG).

According to a report that appeared on Sunday January 6 in the government newspaper Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth), the main cause of the low production was the delay in delivery of essential food for birds, so that more than 600,000 suffered from a lack of feed.

“At the end of December, the deficit exceeded 25.2 million eggs. Hen losses exceeded 20,000 and the economic and financial loss amounted to 6.5 million pesos,” said Adelfo Diaz, director of CANC (Camagüey National Poultry Complex) in Camagüey.

If in 2011 the production was good, it’s not clear why it has fallen so much. There are currently perceived flaws in production and in the the relationship with suppliers of feed, resulting in a decline in production and financial loss.

The directors of basic industries have no power to determine what to do in any contingency, the State always controls and rarely helps, hence the negative impact seems to be cured only with the replacement of birds.

Despite efforts undertaken that have not been given permission to own their own feed mills, in Camagüey, for example, that have to go to provinces far away as Villa Clara and Cienfuegos for feed, which raises the usual problems of transportation, the most absurd of which is the ban on transport records leaving the province where the CANC is located.

The government “sticks its nose into everything” is unable to provide these companies new technology, spare parts and bank accounts in order to undertake their operations so they do not have financial autonomy and must carry out their financial transactions in Cienfuegos, the reason we are seeing economic-productive losses.

These problems have a negative impact on the workers because reductions in productivity reduce their wages, due to a piece-rate system. As is common in the imperfect Cuban economic model, the workers and the people in general who can only opt for the standard quota of 10 eggs per month, are suffering the breakdown of the productive process full of subjectivities that never affect the ruling class.

January 9 2013