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COMMISSION FOR ASSISTANCE TO A FREE CUBA ______________ REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT JULY 2006 CONDOLEEZZA RICE SECRETARY OF STATE CHAIR CARLOS GUTIERREZ SECRETARY OF COMMERCE CO-CHAIR www.cafc.gov 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY……………………………………………….... 5 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………… 11 CHAPTER 1: HASTENING THE END OF THE CASTRO DICTATORSHIP
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    C OMMISSION FOR A SSISTANCE TO A F REE C UBA    ______________ R EPORT TO THE P RESIDENT   J ULY 2006 C ONDOLEEZZA R ICE  S ECRETARY OF S TATE  C HAIR  C ARLOS G UTIERREZ  S ECRETARY OF C OMMERCE  C O -C HAIR   www.cafc.gov     2 TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY……………………………………………….... 5 INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………… 11 CHAPTER 1: HASTENING THE END OF THE CASTRO DICTATORSHIP: TRANSITION NOT SUCCESSION I. Introduction……………………………………………………….... 14 II. Determinations …………………………………………………..… 16 III. Empowering the Cuban People…………………………………..… 17 IV. Breaking the Regime’s Information Blockade……………………... 21 V. Undermining the Regime’s Succession Strategy…………………... 22 VI. Denying Revenue to the Castro Regime………………………….... 29 CHAPTER 2: HELPING CUBANS RESPOND TO CRITICAL HUMANITARIAN AND SOCIAL NEEDS I. Introduction………………………………………………………… 34 II. Water and Sanitation……………………………………………….. 36 III. Health-Care and Nutrition …………………………………………. 38 IV. Food Security ……………………………………………………… 42 V. Shelter …………………………………………………………….. 46 VI. Protection of the Most Vulnerable Populations………………….… 48 VII. Educational Systems……………………………………………..… 49 CHAPTER 3: HELPING CUBANS GET TO FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS  I. Introduction………………………………………………………… 52 II. Release of Political Prisoners………………………………………. 53 III. Eliminating Legal Obstacles to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Political Association………………………... 55 IV. Preparing For Competitive Multi-Party Elections And Democratic Process……………………………………………………………... 55 V. Support a Free and Independent Media……………………………..56 VI. Support For Free And Fair Election Administration………………. 57   3 VII. Support For Professional, Institutional Military…………………… 60 CHAPTER 4: HELPING CUBANS CREATE MARKET-BASED ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES I. Introduction………………………………………………………… 61 II. Macroeconomic Stability…………………………………………... 62 III. Integration with the International Trade and Financial System……. 64 IV. Encourage Small Business Development………………………….. 66 V. Ensuring Labor Rights are Respected……………………………… 67 VI. Property Rights and Confiscated Property…………………………. 68 VII. Agriculture…………………………………………………………. 69 VIII. Infrastructure……………………………………………………….. 70 IX. Issues for a Free Cuba……………………………………………… 75 CHAPTER 5: THE ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY I. Engaging the International Community in Helping Cubans Respond to Critical Humanitarian and Social Needs…………………………… 77 II. Engaging the International Community in Helping Cubans Get to Free and Fair Elections…………………………………………………... 79 III. Engaging the International Community in Helping Cubans Create Market-Based Economic Opportunities……………………………. 80 CHAPTER 6: THE VITAL ROLE OF CUBANS ABROAD I. Helping Cubans Respond to Humanitarian and Social Needs........... 83 II. Helping Cubans Get to Free and Fair Elections……………………. 84 III. Helping Cubans Create Market-Based Economic Opportunities….. 85 CHAPTER 7: PREPARING NOW TO SUPPORT THE TRANSITION I. Essential Steps to Take Now……………………………………….. 88 II. Steps to Take Now to Prepare to Help Cubans Respond to Critical Humanitarian and Social Needs……………………………………. 89 III. Steps to Take Now to Prepare to Help Cubans Get to Free and Fair Elections……………………………………………………………. 91     4 IV. Steps to Take Now to Prepare to Help Cubans Create Market-Based Economic Opportunities…………………………………………… 93 V. Additional Recommended Action………………………………….. 93
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