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The government in Cuba is legalising the ownership [at / of] small and medium-sized businesses. This represents a monumental shift [in / on] policy from the communist-ruled country. State-owned companies have traditionally been the [normal / norm] in Cuba, following the revolution in 1959 that brought Fidel Castro [to / of] power. He nationalised Cuba's industries to put them into state [hands / feet] . The new policy [allowing / allows] entrepreneurs to operate businesses that have up to 100 employees. The change of [brain / heart] from the government came after a month of street protests. Thousands of Cubans demonstrated against [dire / dirt] economic conditions. People also protested about a [slack / lack] of food and the [handling / heading] of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said he would introduce [newly / new] initiatives to revitalise his country's economy. Cuba [relies / relics] on tourism for much of its foreign currency [reverses / reserves] . Global restrictions on travel during the pandemic have [severely / severed] impacted this sector. Another key industry in Cuba is the production [at / of] sugar. Bad weather has resulted in poor harvests and reduced revenues. These events have [depleted / completed] the government's reserves of foreign currency, which [means / meaning] it has become difficult for the country to import food and medicine. Cuba [expert / extent] O'Neill Diaz said "many entrepreneurs from the private sector have spent years [starving / striving] , working and trying to contribute" to Cuba's economic [well-being / nice-being] .

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