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LatinNews Daily - 28 June 2019

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In brief: Cuba

* Cuba’s council of ministers has approved a set of new measures aimed at boosting the domestic economy, such as salary increases for state workers and greater pensions protection. President Miguel Díaz-Canel explained that the new measures are essential because of the economic problems affecting the country and due to the “hostile policy” of the US. The minimum wage for state workers will be increased to CUP400 (US$15) and the average monthly salary to CUP1,067 (US$40) – this increase will be enacted starting from July. In regard to social security, there are now efforts underway to address the issue of those eligible to receive a monthly pension of less than CUP500 who have not yet started to receive it (the minimum pension is currently CUP242).