Leak of secretive Cuban reserves data stirs confusion, concern

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By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s state-run media has created a stir among economists, diplomats and creditors by publishing an estimate of the Communist-run island’s international reserves, an elusive data long considered a “state secret” there. Buried deep in a two-part, 2,000-word analysis of the economy earlier this month in Cubadebate, the country´s top digital media platform, insider and former economy minister Jose Luis Rodriguez listed the country’s international reserves as $11.528 billion in 2019 and estimated they had declined by $2.5 billion, or 22%, through 2021. Reuters als…

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