Cuba will create two new ministries as part of President Raul Castro's campaign to reorganize the government and make it more effective, state media reported on Thursday.
The existing Ministry of Basic Industry will be replaced by a new Ministry of Energy and Mining and a Ministry of Industries, the reports said.
The restructuring has been in the works for months and is expected to continue with other changes aimed at both streamlining the government and reducing its role in running the economy.
The intent, said Communist Party newspaper Granma, is to put more of a premium on "efficient function, greater rationality and the reduction of all types of unnecessary expenditures."
The changes began last year with the elimination of the once-powerful Sugar Ministry, whose duties were turned over to a holding company.
The creation of a Ministry of Energy and Mining comes as a consortium led by Spain's Repsol YPF is drilling the first of what Cuba hopes will be a number of wells in the country's still-untapped oilfields in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Ministry of Industries will oversee iron and steel, light and chemical industries.
Castro, who succeeded older brother Fidel Castro in 2008, wants to cut 1 million workers from payrolls of the government, which is swamped with debt and short of cash.
He is encouraging self-employment to absorb those laid off and to increase productivity in an economy weighed down by low salaries and extensive bureaucracy.
Transport minister promises to continue flights with UAE, Turkey, Lebanon cancel flights as sourceof gunfire unclear
Negotiations between the Houthi and the Presidential office.
Speaking on anniversary of Auschwitz liberation French president responds to Netanyahu's comments and says "France will protect all its children"
Heaviest rebel attacks on Mariupol, Debaltseve and Vuhlehirsk, army says. Rebels deny plans to capture Mariupol.
23 people were killed and 97 others injured during clashes between security forces and protestors on Sunday.
A faulty light fitting in the baggage reclaim area caused a fire alarm to go off.
12.000 child soldiers recruited in S.Sudan in past year
A shift from passive resistance to outright struggle will impact Egypt far more deeply.
Rights to privacy, freedom of information and expression, a fair trial and freedom of religion are all endangered, says EU rights body.
Sixth grade student killed in a U.S. drone strike east of the capital Sanaa,Yemen.
Turkey's Vice Consul in Greece’s Komotini city, Murat Ertas, says the people who called for help are now suspected of being illegal migrants.
Rights group details disappeances and abuses among guest workers
King Salman and Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz received Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the airport.
Worst unrest since Kosovo's 2008 secession from Serbia, police and protesters fight running battles.
Regional banker shoots dead three colleagues before killing himself.