Cuba food reforms

HAVANA: Cuba decided at a secretive Communist Party congress last week to reverse market reforms in food distribution and pricing, according to reports in official media, reflecting tensions within the party about the pace of economic change. President Raul Castro unveiled an ambitious market reform agenda in one of the world’s last Soviet-style command economies after he took office a decade ago, but the reforms moved slowly in the face of resistance from conservatives and bureaucrats. At the April 16 to 19 congress, Castro railed against an ‘obsolete mentality’ that was holding back modernisation of Cuba’s socialist economy. But he also said leadership needed to respond quickly to problems like inflation unleashed by greater demand as a result of reforms in other sectors.