Another great achievement for the “revolution” … except for the fact that the number of promised new houses compared rather unfavourably with the 52,600 new dwellings the regime claimed to have built in the previous year.
In other words, even though the number of ordinary Cuban families in urgent need of housing continues to increase rapidly, the Castro brothers are building fewer new houses.
Well, it now seems that even that much more modest target for 2008 may be in doubt.
According to figures provided by the head of the National Housing Institute, Victor Ramirez, a total of 22,558 new dwellings have been built in the first six months of the current year – or about 45 per cent of the target.
Mr Ramirez ominously hinted that the promise by the regime to build 50,000 new houses may have been, well, a tad ambitious due to a range of unspecified “transport problems”, assorted shortages, poor productivity, etc, etc ...
So, it’s back to square one. Again.