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Cuba's massive layoff plan 'dramatic and significant'

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Cuba has announced radical plans to lay off huge numbers of state employees, to help revive the communist country's struggling economy.

Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at independent thinktank the Council on Foreign Relations, recently attended a rare meeting with former president Fidel Castro.

She told Matt Frei the move is intended to boost the private sector in Cuba and that a big range of goods and services is now "open for business".

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