21 September 2010 Last updated at 07:00 ET
Brazil's foreign minister says his country has offered to help Cuba develop small and medium businesses as part of a drive for economic growth.
Celso Amorim was quoted as describing Cuban plans to lay off half a million public-sector workers in the next six months as "very courageous".
He said Cuba could learn from Brazil's successful experience in fostering entrepreneurship.
Mr Amorim met Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana on Saturday.
He was speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, ahead of the 65th UN General Assembly which opens on Thursday.