Cuba, petrol rises by 500% on the anniversary of the Revolution | EUROtoday

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The murals are at all times there, they do not fade with the salt. As quickly because the purple and blue fade just a little, the state “pintores”, painters, arrive and restore the robust colors. Despite the chipped facades of the buildings on the Malecon, the seafront of Havana, the capital of Cuba maintains its magnificence unchanged. “Continuamos defendiendo la Revolucion” stands tall simply outdoors the Paseo del Prado.

Yet the present occasions are tough occasions. The financial disaster is full-blown and President Miguel Diaz-Canel, a number of days in the past, within the celebrations of the 65 years of the Revolucion , was compelled to recall into service, a minimum of for a day, the “Great Old Man”, the one nonetheless alive: Raul Castro, born in 1931, aged 92. The aim is to hearten el pueblo and strengthen the assumption that this disaster too can be overcome. In the meantime, nevertheless, El Paquetazo has been launched, a plan of restrictive measures that can have an effect on the dwelling flesh of Cubans.

Petrol skyrocketing

The worth of gasoline in Cuba will improve by greater than 500%, ranging from February 1st. The worth of a liter of petrol will go from 25 Cuban pesos (0.20 US cents) to 132 (1.10 {dollars}), which is equal to +528%, introduced the Minister of Finance and Prices, Vladimir Regueiro. The authorities, which subsidizes virtually all providers and fundamental items consumed by Cubans, has a set of measures to reverse the financial disaster affecting the nation. Not simply costlier petrol. A harvest of detrimental financial knowledge will have an effect on the standard of lifetime of Cubans: based on official estimates, GDP contracted by as much as 2% in 2023, whereas inflation closed at 30%.

The govt additionally accredited an enlargement of the general public finances for 2023 to extend the fiscal deficit by 44%, which analysts say is equal to round 15% of GDP. Late final month, authorities admitted that it was not sustainable to proceed promoting gas at “subsidized” costs. “The country cannot maintain the price of fuel, which is the cheapest in the world when compared with the prices of other countries,” underlined the Minister of Economy, Alejandro Gil.

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Mexican assist

A disaster that appears to be lasting, even when it ought to be remembered that Cuban leaders have lengthy expertise of navigating muddy waters. Faced with sipping Venezuelan oil, Diaz-Canel’s authorities seems to have turned to Pemex, the Mexican vitality firm. El Milenio, a prestigious Mexican newspaper, confirms that it has obtained paperwork certifying the sending of two gigantic oil tankers to Cuba in latest months. For an equal of 77 million {dollars}. “La Revolucion no duerme”, true. But each day the bar of Cubans’ difficulties rises just a little, the American embargo isn’t relaxed and the “paquetazo” is outlined by probably the most weak as “neoliberal”. The worst of the affronts for the Castro authorities of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel.