Cuba’s new rules to allow more small businesses spark both hope and frustration

The measure announced last weekend expanded activities where small businesses are permitted to operate from only 127 to more than 2,000.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Communist-run Cuba's decision to open more of its economy to small private businesses and individual initiative has sparked praise among many analysts and entrepreneurs, but also frustration among some.

The measure announced last weekend expanded activities where small business were permitted to more than 2,000, from only 127 previously.

Authorities said they would reduce the steps needed to open a business and allow individuals to engage in related activities, for example running a bed and breakfast along with providing transport from the airport and serving meals.

But many activities, from running an art . . .

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