This is a new work that I recently sended to the Ideas for Cuba contest. This is the fifth of a series of 5 articles.
The measures that have been taken in recent times in Cuba are completely opposed to the relevance of the entrepreneurial spirit. The constant regulations on the private sector in terms of hiring workers, setting prices and owning property suffocate individual initiatives and distort the economy in general.
It is true that many support these measures, but I believe that every time they are less and more and more the number of those who seek change in another direction is increasing. I also believe that over time the differences between Cubans open up and our stories become more different, but our hopes become more similar. Perhaps more people may feel that their story is part of an even bigger story and, by joining their hopes, the story changes.
Each of the initiatives presented in the points of this paper are completely feasible in legislative terms and the only one that requires budgetary resources is the one referring to the orientation of the growth of public spending towards infrastructure and education, which should be carried out according to the income that the government receives as a positive effect derived from the economic growth stimulated by the rest of the measures. I sought to write a work that was not only feasible in the first instance, but also directed towards the future.
The current social relations of production are marked by the dominance of the State in the economic and social life of the country. My work presents a radical turn to focus on the figure of the individual as a creator of prosperity. The focus is on providing the conditions that stimulate individual potentialities, in order to generate true development in society.
The first point agglomerates the initiatives that I presented in my two previous works. In this way, I began by describing the importance of authorizing the different types of business property as articulating bodies of the private sector. In this way, individual initiatives would have different forms of expression through different forms of scope and complexity.
It also raises the need to privatize the means of state production to generate a homogeneous and competitive private sector that is built on the existing economic base for further improvement. The term privatization could be heard as a banned concept in the Cuban political vocabulary, but only through this mechanism could the economy be positioned decisively towards the satisfaction of individual and family needs, beyond political interests. Real progress occurs when the State works for the people and not vice versa.
It is also important to integrate the Cuban economy with the international economy through trade and especially foreign investment, in order to provide new productive resources that enable the onslaught of constant efforts through a healthy feedback. One can not think that the arrival of foreign entities would deteriorate the national culture, on the contrary, it would be enriched through dialogue with the concert of nations.
In the same way, the resources that the government acquires through the collection of taxes should focus from the beginning on the provision of an infrastructure that determines the bases of a continuous growth; but more importantly, the vision towards education must be reoriented, in order to equip the youngest with the cognitive instruments that allow them to develop freely in the new economic order.
Both societies and the economy only advance as much as individuals have the freedom to move forward. Just as freedom can not exist when people are imprisoned by their thinking, neither can they exist when they are imprisoned by ignorance.
The second point of this paper presents crowdfunding and crowd-funding as two instruments capable of providing financing to people who have initiatives. The objective is to provide resources to those who lack material possibilities to carry out projects. No country can achieve its potential unless it emanates from the talent of those who seek to exploit their own potential.
The third point of this work seeks to stimulate the creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems in science and technology parks through synergies between Cuban universities and international companies. I am a university student and am aware of the need to articulate untapped talent in students through a source that focuses on maximizing the intrinsic reach of their abilities.
The challenges could be as new as the instruments presented. But the values required for its success such as initiative, determination and tenacity are old and found in the bowels of Cubans. It only requires a reinvention of them to guide them towards a decisive change.
The essence of everything raised is in freedom. When people are free to express what they think and have the opportunity to judge the administration of the rulers, governments become more responsible and transparent. When entrepreneurs have the freedom to create and develop new ideas, economies become more innovative and attract more trade and investment.
Recognizing the need to transform our Cuba is only the beginning of the encomienda. Words alone cannot satisfy the aspirations of Cubans and this reality applies both to the speeches delivered in the Assembly and to the content of this work. These aspirations will only be met by acting on them with a decisive resolution and if we can only understand that the challenges we face are shared by all.
There are few moments in our lives where we can have the privilege of witnessing the story in action and even less, feel part of that moment. That moment would take place when the people who must speak, do so; when the voices that should be heard, are voices and when the questions that were always the same, cease to be so.
It is important to remember that authentic changes are never fleeting, simple or uncontroversial. Change depends on persistence and requires determination. I choose hope before fear. I see the future of Cuba as something that should be under the control of Cubans and that could be given shape through concerted and collective action.
You just cannot be conformist and accept reality as it is. One must imagine how Cuba could become, because that must be the first step towards that transformation. Progress requires an honest confrontation with the dark corners of the past to extend the opportunity for a lustrous future where differences become a force that gives more light.
Those who want inertia have the power, but those who want change have the time.