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dateline: 25 May 2016

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Cuba To Legalize Small and Medium Businesses

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • stimulate: to encourage development
  • reform (verb): to make a significant change
  • reform (noun): a significant change
  • entrepreneur: a person who takes risks to begin a business
  • import: to bring in from another country
  • export: to send to another nation for sale
  • supplies: materials used to create or fix things

Cuba To Legalize Small and Medium Businesses

In an effort to stimulate its , Cuba plans to allow the operation of small and medium-sized private businesses. The announcement was made in a government document and published in a newspaper. Currently, self-employment is allowed in hundred job categories in Cuba; however, Cubans find it difficult to run their businesses because they can’t get the supplies they need. Cuban entrepreneurs hope this will also allow them to import and export products. The reform could take up to six months to become law.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What change did the Cuban government announce?
  2. What do business owners hope will come along with this reform?
  3. How long might it take for this reform to become law?

Discussion Questions: Do you believe Raul Castro, the president of Cuba, will go through with this plan? How important is this reform for Cuba?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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