Marino Murillo
Marino Murillo
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19 February 1961
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Chairman of the economic policy commission of the republic of cuba
Minister of economy and planning of the republic of cuba
Chairman of the implementation committee on resolution of the 6th congress of the communist party of cuba
Minister of internal trade of the republic of cuba
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Chairman of the economic policy commission of the republic of cuba
Jacinto Angulo Pardo
Prime minister
Fidel Castro
Raúl Castro
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Communist Party of Cuba
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National Defence College (Cuba)
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Correction: Cuba
The Economist - over 3 years
In our recent story on Cuba (“Money starts to talk”, July 20th) we stated that Marino Murillo, the Politburo member in charge of economic reform, is a former army colonel. In fact he was a university professor of economics and has never been an army officer. We apologise.
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Cuba’s economy: Money starts to talk
The Economist - over 3 years
AT 9.01am one morning earlier this month, Marino Murillo, a member of Cuba’s ruling Politburo, strode on to the stage at the International Press Centre in Havana, gave a concise account of the government’s economic plans, and took questions for 45 minutes. What would have been routine elsewhere was remarkable in communist Cuba, for three reasons. Gone is the interminable waiting around for the late-night rants of Fidel Castro: punctuality is one of the hallmarks of the government led since 2006 by his younger brother, Raúl. And after internecine political battles over liberalising economic reforms, the government is confident enough of its message to have invited a small group of foreign journalists to hear it—the first such initiative in many years.Third was the message itself. Mr Murillo, a burly economist who is in charge of implementing economic reforms (officially dubbed “updating”), stressed that the core of the system remained “social property”. But he also talked of “wealth ...
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Cuba economy czar: Reforms entering critical phase
Fox News - over 3 years
Cuba's economic czar says the Communist-led island's experiment with limited capitalism is entering a crucial phase this year with the decentralization of bloated state-run businesses. Marino Murillo says the goal is to improve efficiency. He says the next 18 months will be the "most complex" part of President Raul Castro's reforms, which have already seen increased private entrepreneurship and a relaxation of many social restrictions. Murillo spoke Tuesday in just his second encounter with foreign journalists since he rose to prominence in 2010. He did not give specifics on which companies will be decentralized and what would happen to those that fail. But he said state-run enterprises will have more autonomy and can keep up to 50 percent of revenue to reinvest.
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Cuba to embark on deregulation of state companies
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will begin deregulating state-run companies in 2014 as reform of the Soviet-style command economy moves from retail services and farming into its biggest enterprises, the head of the Communist Party's reform efforts said. Politburo member and reform czar Marino Murillo said the 2014 economic plan included dozens of changes in how the companies, accountable for most economic activity in the country, did business. ...
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Photos from today’s St. Balrdicks event in the Student...
The Hofstra Chonicle Online - over 3 years
Photos from today’s St. Balrdicks event in the Student Center where participants had their heads shaved to show solidarity for those that go through cancer treatments. The event raises money for cancer research and today’s event has raised nearly $15,000 . Notable participants include Associate Dean of Honors College and Professor Neil Donahue and  Mario Murillo, co-director of the Center for Civic Engagement and chair of the  Radio, Television, Film Department.
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The Pope’s Sad Trip To Cuba
Council on Foreign Relations - over 4 years
The most significant statement made during Pope Benedict’s trip to Cuba this week was that made by the government minister in charge of economic reform, Marino Murillo, who said “In Cuba, there will not be political reform.” He’s right, although that is a truth too many people wish to obscure. The Castro regime took the occasion of the Pope’s visit to sweep up dissidents in a wave of arrests. None of that was surprising, but the Pope’s failure to advance the cause of freedom is sad indeed. The photos of him with Fidel and Raul Castro can only have demoralized those struggling and suffering for freedom in Cuba, for the Pope refused to meet with any dissidents at all. Moreover, his remarks were so carefully phrased that, according to press reports, most Cubans did not view them as a call for freedom–whatever the Pope’s intent. Of course the Pope is not a political figure, but he did rather clearly say he thought the U.S. embargo should end. If it was possible to be clear on that iss ...
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Pope Benedict Meets With Fidel Castro in Cuba
Voice of America - over 4 years
Pope Benedict has met with Cuba's former leader and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, shortly the pontiff called for greater religious freedom on the island. A Vatican spokesman said the meeting Wednesday occurred after the pope's outdoor mass in Havana's Revolution Plaza. The mass capped his first papal visit to Cuba. On Wednesday morning, tens of thousands of Cubans filled the plaza that marks the island's communist revolution, with some holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blazing sun. A VOA reporter on the scene quoted some in the crowd as saying they thought it was great that Pope Benedict was in Cuba, but they do not expect his visit will have any effect on the country's political system. The pope used his homily to praise the steps taken in Cuba to improve religious freedom, but he said more needs to be done.  He said the world and Cuba need to change by choosing "the way of love, sowing reconciliation and fraternity," and seeking truth. Religion and politic ...
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Cuba Rejects Pope's Calls for More Freedom, Openness
Voice of America - over 4 years
Cuba's vice president says there will be no political reform in Cuba, despite calls by Pope Benedict XVI for more freedom and openness in the communist-ruled country. Marino Murillo made his remarks as the pope arrived Tuesday in the capital, Havana, for a meeting with President Raul Castro and possibly with Fidel Castro, the long-time Cuban leader and elder brother of Raul. "In Cuba, there will be no political reforms.  In Cuba we are talking about the actualization of the Cuban economic model that will make our socialism viable.  This has to do with the well-being of our people," said Murillo. On Monday, the pontiff urged thousands of people at a Mass in the city of Santiago to help build a "renewed and open society."    Pope Benedict traveled to Havana after paying homage Tuesday to the patron saint of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre. The pope visited the shrine holding the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre to mark the 400th anniversary of its discovery by fisherme ...
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Exigen rigor en el control de la calidad de la leche - Televisión Camagüey
Google News - about 5 years
En el último pleno de la Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (ANAP), Marino Murillo, vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros, informó que el pasado año se pagaron 354 millones de pesos por una calidad de la leche que no cumple los
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Cuba: "El Loco" Frank batalla por su empleo -
Google News - about 5 years
Testifique, Vicepresidente Marino Murillo… De este modo, el nombrado Comité de Expertos se integra por un representante de la administración, uno de la organización sindical y de 3 a 5 miembros propuestos y electos en asamblea laboral abierta,
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Septiembre no admite equivocaciones - Cuba en Noticias
Google News - over 5 years
La Comisión Permanente de Implementación y Desarrollo, que encabeza el vicepresidente Marino Murillo, es la encargada de diseñar las bases de cómo enfrentar cada uno de los temas recogidos en ese texto. "La Comisión actúa con los órganos de dirección a
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Cuba: ¿qué cambia tras el VI Congreso del Partido Comunista? -
Google News - over 5 years
A mediados de 2010, el ministro de Economía Marino Murillo expresó su preocupación por la falta de resultados productivos del usufructo y advirtió a los usufructuarios que podría revisarse la concesión de la tierra. Por otra parte, Pedro Olivera alegó
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Raul Castro partecipa alla gala degli scrittori ed artisti cubani - Prensa Latina
Google News - over 5 years
Hanno assistito all'atto il ministro di Cultura, Abel Prieto, ed i membri dell'Ufficio Politico del Partito Comunista di Cuba, Esteban Lazo, Marino Murillo e Lazara Mercedes Lopez, tra le altre personalità
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Max Altman: Reformas reforçam socialismo de Cuba - Vermelho
Google News - over 5 years
Nele ingressaram três novos membros: Mercedes López Acea, 46, Primeira Secretária do Comitê Provincial do partido em Havana; Marino Murillo Jorge, 51, vice-presidente do Conselho de Ministros e Chefe da Comissão Permanente do Governo para a
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Un hombre "meticuloso con los números" para impulsar las reformas - Diario Digital Nuestro País
Google News - over 5 years
Auditor de profesión, Marino Murillo Jorge ha escalado uno a uno todos los peldaños del aparato administrativo hasta convertirse en el "superministro" de las reformas económicas impulsadas por el presidente Raúl Castro
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marino Murillo
He was born on 19 February 1961,en Manzanillo, Cuba. and has a degree in economics from the Cuban National Defence College, and is a member of the Communist Party of Cuba.
His official government biography states that he has "been linked to the economic sphere for more than 20 years" as Minister of Internal Trade, Deputy Minister of Economy and Planning and as an auditor for the Ministry of Food & Industry.
He held the post of Minister of Internal Trade from 2006 until March 2, 2009 when he was succeeded by his First Deputy Minister Jacinto Angulo Pardo.
When Murillo took office the Cuban economy had been hard hit by the worldwide financial crisis of 2008.
At the 7th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba he stated that public debate was needed before implementing changes to the economic system, claiming "that false unanimity is pernicious and debate and healthy disagreement must be encouraged". Murillo also highlighted the importance of "order and discipline, institutionalism, clear establishment of the duties and powers of every post and, above all, of convincing people of the need to work in order to satisfy their aspirations." His report was approved by the plenum.
During Raúl Castro's 2009 Cuban government shake-up, Murillo replaced José Luis Rodríguez García as Minister of Economy and Planning and Vice President of the Council of Ministers.
Murillo then appointed Abel Rodriguez to the First Deputyship of the ministry and Perez Betancourt to the Deputyship of the ministry. Early on during his tenure, Murillo criticised the paternalistic features of the Cuban economy. He also supported cutting the government's payroll by up 500,000 workers, a motion enacted but not completed.
Murillo was elected a member of the Council of State in December 2009 to "improve the planning process of the national economy", according to Raúl Castro.
By the end of 2009, Cuba's 2008 2.3 billion trade deficit had become a surplus of 400 million dollars. Murillo accomplished this through a 37.6 percent reduction in imports. The economy only grew 1.4 percent in 2009, down from 4.2 percent in the previous year. Initial planning had called for 6 percent, but as a result of the global financial crisis, earnings from important sectors such as tourism noticeably decreased. There was a 22.9 percent decrease in exports, and a 37.4 percent decrease in imports, highlighting Murillo's efforts to reduce government hard currency expenses.
In a speech to the National Assembly of People's Power, the Cuban Parliament in August 2010, Murillo was asked if Cuba would pursue changes similar to those seen in Vietnam and the People's Republic of China.
He replied; "I think the Cuban model is a very Cuban model. We cannot copy what many people in the world do", and further noted that the strongest country in the world, the United States, was their enemy. He went on to say that with updating rather than reforming, the Cuban state economic system would remain highly centralised, although some businesses, such as barbers for instance, should not be directly controlled by the government. On the updating of the economic system he stated that newly established private markets would prioritise the interest of socialism, and not those of capitalism. At the December convocation of Cuba's parliament, Murillo took center stage to talk about the difficulties, inefficiencies and constraints of the Cuban economic model. He outlined proposed reforms and explained the inefficiencies of the economy, stating that Cuba's updated economic model would function as a hybrid planned and market economy, but that the planned economy would remain dominant.
On 14 July 2016 he was sacked from his post for a second time, and moved to a new role tackling market reforms.
As Minister of Economy and Planning, his role was to spearhead economic reforms initiated by Raúl Castro. Murillo's intention is to rid the Cuban economy of its paternalistic features by updating the economic system. Murillo dislikes the idea of Cuba copying the economic reforms of Vietnam and the China, claiming that the newly established private markets will benefit socialism rather than capitalism. Little is known of Murillo's life before he became Minister of Economy and Planning in 2009.
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