Cuban government: Price regulations are not arbitrary

The recent regulations on the prices of products and services of high demand are not arbitrary, but respond to studies on their behavior in previous months and territorial conditions, said Lourdes Rodríguez Ruiz, deputy minister of Finance and Prices of Cuba.

On a TV program, the deputy clarified that the measures are adopted according to the economic capacity of each territory, so there may be different price caps for the same range of products in different municipalities.

Studies on its availability in the retail network were also taken into account, Rodriguez Ruiz said.

She pointed out that most of the products to which the maximum price was fixed are called "ready for sale," such as soft drinks and beers, which do not require any degree of preparation by the seller.

She highlighted the role of price observatories created in municipalities to evaluate the costs of each product, as well as the need to motivate self-employed workers and those working under other forms of management to observe and comply with these standards.

Rodríguez Ruiz called for a culture of demand, not only on prices, but also on the service that accompanies each sale.

With respect to the differences between the costs of the same products in different types of establishments, she said that the conditions in which the services are offered were valued and that provide gastronomy, for example, with an added value.

By protecting prices we are protecting the purchasing power of Cubans and consolidating the measures taken by the country in benefit of the population, such as the wage increase to the budgeted sector, she said.

Among the provinces where such measures were approved are Camagüey, Mayabeque, Las Tunas, Sancti Spíritus, Granma, Matanzas, Pinar del Río and Havana.

In the case of the capital, Julio Martínez Roque, vice-president of the Provincial Administration Council, recalled that a few days ago regulations were published for products marketed by self-employed workers in gastronomic service activities in cafeterias and bakers-candy makers, based on the concerns of the population.

He clarified that other regulations related to agricultural activity will be announced soon, and that they will be directed not only to the private sector.

It is necessary to fight against illegalities, and once the prices have been capped it is necessary to ensure that they are respected; if necessary, administrative measures will be applied until the withdrawal of the license, he warned.

Martínez Roque called on the population to continue contributing as they have done so far so that the measures that the country approves with so much effort can be complied with, because in his opinion this is a way of doing the greatest thing for Havana.

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