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    Self-Employed Workers Increase in Cuba

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    The number of Self-Employed Workers (TCP) in the country rises to more than half a million people, most of them women, showing the priority that the State gives to private activity as one of the emerging and necessary sources of employment.

    Marta Elena Feitó Cabrera, Minister of Labor and Social Security, revealed in a Tweet that «currently 587 382 people exercise the TCP, a form of employment in the non-state sector of the economy, 34% are women and 27% youths. Employers have the obligation to guarantee them the rights that they are assisted by law.

    As announced by the National Tax Administration Office (ONAT) in a report published on its website, until August of this year, more than 338,200 taxpayers had not made the payments of taxes on Personal Income and on Sales and Services.

    In 1993, the conditions of the so-called Special Period determined the need to expand self-employment in the country, with the possibility that "those with aptitudes and possibilities for it" could participate.

    The Cuban State arranged for the new measures to be a broad, sustained and non-reversible commitment to give more space to the non-state sector in the national economy.