HAVANA (Reuters) -- Cuba said on Thursday it was dissolving the
Construction Materials Ministry as part of efforts to reduce the size of
The move reduced to 26 the number of government ministries on the
communist-ruled Caribbean island.
A decree law released by the Council of State said most of the
responsibilities and resources of the dissolved ministry would be taken on by
the Construction Ministry, which is responsible for actual construction
But cement production was being taken over by the Basic Industry Ministry.
The decree law, published by the Communist Party daily Granma, made no
mention of lay-offs of workers.
Cuba's government has announced programs to restructure both central
government and state industry as part of ongoing economic reforms.
But at the same time, it has insisted that this restructuring will follow
principles and that laid- off workers will be either relocated in other jobs or
retrained and will be financially supported until this occurs.
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