Cuba to aim for 5 percent economic growth in 2001

Cuba set a 2001 economic growth target of 5 percent on Dec 21 2000 but said one of its strategic priorities would be reducing its swelling current account deficit. Jose Luis Rodriguez, the economy and planning minister, announced the growth target and other economic goals during a year-end session of the communist-ruled island's National Assembly.

Rodriguez told the parliament that while the state-run economy grew 5.6 percent this year, continuing a steady recovery started six years ago, a sha

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