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Cuba says it will start publishing classified ads in print and online

HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 11:  A woman reads  the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party May 11, 2004 in Havana, Cuba.  President Fidel Castro's government announced the suspension of most goods bought with US dollars. Castro blamed the new measure on the Bush Administration's decision last week to tighten trips and cash remittances to the island.  (Photo by Jorge Rey/Getty Images)

HAVANA, CUBA - MAY 11: A woman reads the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party May 11, 2004 in Havana, Cuba. President Fidel Castro's government announced the suspension of most goods bought with US dollars. Castro blamed the new measure on the Bush Administration's decision last week to tighten trips and cash remittances to the island. (Photo by Jorge Rey/Getty Images)  (2004 Getty Images)

The Cuban government says it will start publishing classified ads in print and online, entering a vibrant informal marketplace where Cubans can find everything from houses to pirated U.S. television programs.

Cubans frustrated by their ability to obtain high-quality products from state-run businesses at affordable prices frequently consult a range of new websites and privately run pamphlets used by licensed and black-market entrepreneurs to sell a startling variety of goods and services.

Most of the publications have started in the last five years as government reforms have permitted the growth of a small private sector on the communist-governed island.

The state-run National Information Agency said Thursday that a website called Ofertas, or Offers, and a 16-page color magazine with an initial run of 60,000 copies will be available next month.

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