Cuban President Participates in Biopharmaceutical Company's Balance

Havana, April 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel participates in the annual balance of BioCubaFarma, a mega-company that produces and distributes a large part of the products included in the country's basic table of medicines.

BioCubaFarma, considered an industry of wide impact for the economy, has among its missions, appart from the production of medicines, equipment and high technology services.

In fact, BioCubaFarma manufactures more than 60 percent of the drugs that make up the basic table of essential medicines for dissimilar diseases, made up of 761 products, 486 of which are nationally produced.

At the same time , they locate in pharmacies, polyclinics, hospitals and institutes the reagents, diagnostic means, equipment, products for stomatological use, among others to guarantee human health.

The entity, characterized by its closed-loop line, from invention and development to production and commercialization, works on 422 projects, 393 of which are aimed at product and 29 technological, according to the most recent data provided by the institution.

On its website, the company highlights its international presence, with 765 medical records in 53 countries, and exports to more than 50 countries. It also has more than 400 projects in different stages of development and a large portfolio of inventions with 2,640 patents registered in Cuba and abroad.

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Cuban president congratulated youth organizations

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel congratulated the Young Communist League (UJC) on its 57th anniversary and the José Martí Pioneers Organization, celebrating 58 years of existence.

"To the Cuban children and youth of today, who celebrate the anniversary of their organizations this April 4: Congratulations!  Cuba is in you," tweeted the Cuban head of state.

Diaz-Canel also pointed to the revolutionary legacy of the organizations dedicated to instilling values in Cuba's younger generations.

Young people nationwide are celebrating the day with various activities, ranging from volunteer work to cultural and sports activities.

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Banking system must play a leading role in development, says Diaz-Canel

Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, stressed the need that the Cuban banking system plays a bigger role in the development of the country.

"There is an essential relationship between banking services and the domestic economy, which should focus on financing productive chains, the most active role of commercial banking with those companies that do not resort to credit, and support for the fight against disorder in the deposit of cash. And with regard to the population, it is necessary to simplify procedures, queues, increase banking penetration, and prepare people for the use of these services, he said

He said it is also necessary to understand the importance of the banking system in the implementation of monetary, financial and credit policies, as well as the decisive role it must play in broadening the road to electronic commerce.

Diaz-Canel also discussed the need for a more efficient public administration that conveys confidence to individuals, the business system, the non-state sector, investors, and insisted on the effective development of cadre policy.

He then spoke of the need to create favorable work environments that allow the realization of professional aspirations, especially of young people, that facilitate overcoming, as strategies to face the exodus of qualified personnel, without ignoring, of course, the salary motivations.

Banking system must play a leading role in development, says Diaz-Canel

The cadres, in all sectors, but especially in this one, agreed Miguel Diaz-Canel, must be distinguished by honesty, sensitivity to address the problems of the population and the culture of detail. This undoubtedly has an impact on the quality of services, which should be carried out with less bureaucracy.

He also insisted on the value of social communication in its performance, on the development of strategies that foster a culture about banking services and their advantages and encourage the use of all banking instruments by the business sector.

In his speech, Díaz-Canel emphasized the importance of continuing to develop, on the one hand, electronic government, with the computerization of all internal processes and services to the population, and on the other, electronic commerce, with the banking of services, a process that can contribute to the regulation of the non-state sector. And it did not overlook the impact of scientific research in the search for innovative solutions. Hence the value of alliances with study centers and universities.

"The economy has to be developed with science; the modernization of the banking activity takes science," he said. (ACN)

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Cuban Media Denounces New Fake News about President Diaz-Canel

Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Media and Cuban Internet users denounced Friday a new fake news attributed to President Miguel Diaz-Canel and an alleged Facebook page of the President.

The lie attributes to the Head of State a call to Cuban artists to the concert for Peace in Venezuela.

We are in front of a new fake news (...) for some time now, a Facebook page has appeared, which supposedly belongs to President Diaz-Canel. This page is fake and among copies of the real account content of our President in Twitter, at any moment public statements that are not real', warns Cubadebate website.

In this regard, it denounces the new maneuver, says: 'we already know what is hidden behind this lie' and reminds social media users that the Head of State 'does not have any official Facebook page yet'.

For its part, the Juventud Rebelde newspaper posts on Twitter that 'the enemy never stops mounting lies and fake news against Cuba, like this supposed call to artists'.

In six decades of Revolution, Cuba has faced armed aggressions, terrorist actions, biological warfare and a sustained media attack with manipulation and misrepresentation as spearheads, a crusade which has increased with the arrival of new information and communication technologies.

Diaz-Canel does have an account on Twitter, in which since Oct. 10, the date on which he issued his first tweet, he has almost 98,000 followers.

The support for Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution and its president, Nicolas Maduro, the call to vote Yes for the new Cuban Constitution and his travels around the country, where he talks with ordinary Cubans, stand out among the issues tweeted daily by the president.

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We remain committed to a possible better world and we believe that the basis of that desire is education

Speech by Miguel M. Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, at the closing of the 2019 International Pedagogy Congress, Havana International Conference Center, February 8, 2019, “Year 61 of the Revolution”

I believe that La Colmenita has moved us all, it excited Sosita, we are all thrilled, and it is good that educators do not lose that ability to be moved, because when we get excited, we are able to inspire our students (Applause).

Dear educators, representatives of international organizations;

Ministers participating in the 2019 Pedagogy event;

Colleagues from around the world (Applause and exclamations of: “Thank you!”):

First of all, our congratulations to the best teacher-researchers of our country. (Applause)

When I was invited to close this event, I asked myself what to say to you, how to honor the work of the founders of this gathering, one of the broadest, most diverse and most popular educational events in the world.

How to summarize precisely, when today we need so even more, the dialogue that for so many years the participants in this Pedagogy Congress held with our Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, educator of the masses, and with comrade José Ramón Fernández, educator of educators. (Applause)

But it has been enough for me to be twice among you over these days to sense their presence. Not only because you mention them or quote their words, but because in the program and in what I have been able to learn of the different symposia, workshops and meetings, the great motivation remains alive and active: the unity of educators. Not only Latin Americans or Ibero-Americans. Educators, such a beautiful word, which means so much.

A quick review of the history of these events reminds us that when they began, the decision to unite for a better world took precedence over all others, an idea that has prevailed over time. Then, you fought against the criminal foreign debt that asphyxiated our peoples, cutting educational budgets in most of the sister nations of the continent. And educators of the region came en masse, not only to gather experiences, but also to bring and share solidarity, which is the most beautiful and useful expression of unity.

It is very difficult to forget the magnitude of the first, and the following encounters, which became extraordinary events for the capital, for its schools visited by delegates, and for all Cuba, a country that cannot be ignored when it comes to education, literacy, teacher training, solidary cooperation, progress and shared practices.

With the accumulated experience of 15 previous encounters, you have now focused on the universal agenda directed toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal which is aimed to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

I would say that here are the best conditions to interpret, thoroughly analyze and make practicable that ideal.

The 60-year history of the Cuban Revolution vouches for that truth, almost like a mathematical axiom. The first step was the Literacy Campaign. Just two years after the revolutionary triumph, Cuba was declared a Territory Free of Illiteracy.

Then came the battle for the sixth and ninth grades, which drove enrollment in worker-campesino schools, to complete the upper middle educational level among workers.

Today we have one of the highest averages of university graduates – 21% of the total population of the country – of Latin America and the Caribbean, and much of the world.

This strength led us to promote and extend our cooperation with the entire Third World, creating literacy programs in our language and in indigenous languages.

And, logically, an event such as this needed to be born and grow, capable of showing and sharing the best experiences – with respect for the diversity and identity of each nation – that among Cuban educators has generated an extraordinary movement from schools, fostering creativity, innovation, experimentation, research and exchanges among them and their colleagues in the world.

As had been said more than once, the Pedagogy Congress is the most important scientific event of the Cuban teaching profession.

And it is also an inexhaustible source of solidarity among our peoples, with expressions of great political and social commitment in each concrete historic moment. The final declarations of each edition attest to what I say.

On Fidel’s passing, a young Cuban singer-songwriter, Raúl Torres, created a song that is like an anthem for Cubans. Although its title is “Cabalgando con Fidel” (Riding with Fidel), many call it “Los agradecidos” (The Grateful), because thus the poet defines those of us who haven’t stopped thinking of him and defending his ideas.

Among the grateful of all professions, are Cuban educators. (Applause). They, you, like Fidel, know that we have much to achieve, and that all that we do for the dissemination of the knowledge that humanity has accumulated over centuries will never be enough. A lifetime is not sufficient to learn everything. Nor to teach everything.

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The merit is in the struggle, to always advance further, not being stopped by the obstacles. The case of this Pedagogy Congress can be cited as an example. Not even in the toughest years of the economic crisis of the 1990s, did these gatherings for the unity of educators cease to be held.

The Pedagogy Congress is the voice of the grateful in Education, of those who work for more and better access to knowledge, aware of what we are lacking, but also conscious of just how much we must defend, save and perfect.

Cuba, in recent months, has become a gigantic Constituent Assembly, on taking our new Constitution to a popular debate, prior to a Referendum, for which on February 24 we will vote Yes en masse, without a doubt.

Teachers and students of all levels are among the segments of the population that discussed with greater depth and enthusiasm the changes and new formulations for our Magna Carta.

I believe that this is due to the fact that, despite the criminal blockade that is being tightened, the financial limitations that hit us and delay the fulfillment of many of our dreams, the Cuban state has ratified, once again, its responsibility in terms of the absolutely free nature of education, from preschool to the conclusion of an undergraduate degree. And even more: to guarantee schools and full employment for graduate teachers at any level. This is something that surprises and is admired by many of our visitors. And it is simply a right, together with that of health, to which the Revolution devotes the largest budgets, as these are universal human rights and fundamental to our Martí inspired ideal of “conquering all justice.” (Applause)

Without any chauvinism, I feel that Cuba has long guaranteed that “inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all,” something that unfortunately remains an aspiration for many countries.

And the new Constitution reinforces all these concepts, is at the forefront of the most progressive trends in the world, and aspires to more, particularly in terms of quality, as the more educated and better informed people are, not only are they freer, as Martí stated, but they demand more.

Education and culture have the power to expand the horizons of knowledge infinitely. The desire to learn grows in as far as knowledge does.

In the coming months, two new special schools for children with physical and motor disabilities should be inaugurated, stemming from an idea of our First Party Secretary, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, who was strongly impressed after his recent visit to an emblematic school of Cuban education.

The “Solidarity with Panama” school, inaugurated by Fidel 30 yeas ago, with all its facilities and services available to children with serious physical and motor disabilities who, nonetheless, achieve impressive development of skills and knowledge, thanks to Special Education, will very soon have the company of similar institutions, strengthened in specialties such as Vocational, Artistic and Scientific Education.

We are also immersed in the repair of those schools damaged by the devastating tornado that hit five municipalities of Havana on the eve of Martí’s birthday. And we have proposed to rebuild them even more beautiful and with better facilities for the education of their students. (Applause)

At the same time, the more than 300 teachers from those areas, who were affected to some degree, and yet did not abandon their teaching responsibilities, must be recognized, encouraged, and supported. (Applause)

The extraordinary solidary spirit of our people, the very values that Cuban education shapes, with all its imperfections, which we recognize and constantly criticize, has allowed us to break records in recovery times of basic services.

I believe we owe much to the emphasis that our education places on history, and on its most prestigious protagonists. We are in a period of patriotic commemorations for the 150 years of the beginning of the independence wars, and the 60th anniversary of the revolutionary triumph of 1959.

Our young people know, even though they didn’t live it, that Cuba suffered 60 years of dependence on and neocolonial subjugation to the United States. The Revolution, in that same period, 60 years, has erased its consequences of profound inequality, racism, elitist education and exclusion. But schools have a duty to maintain that awareness in each generation that is educated in our classrooms.

We defend and exalt historical memory, culture and identity as a shield of sovereignty, “so that our children will not have to beg on bended knee, for the homeland which their forefathers won for us on their feet,” as Rubén Martínez Villena said, a young Cuban poet and revolutionary of the 1930s.

The current technologies have imposed new communication codes, and we are committed to their knowledge and healthy, critical, creative use.

Fidel was the first to realize the value of the Internet to truly democratize communications. He said that it appeared as if created for revolutionaries, due to the ability to spread messages at a negligible cost and with an infinite reach.

But he also warned us of the risks of plunging into the oceans of information of the Network of Networks, without the necessary knowledge and critical awareness to use it without being used.

The greatest and most serious problems of the world today are settled in this immense network, that connects us subtly or openly, and it is necessary to confront such scenarios with sufficient knowledge to avoid being objects at the service of the worst interests, or uncritical subjects of an environment that compromises even the survival of the species.

Back to schools. Without them, the most wonderful instrument of human intelligence would be just a useless toy, or a mirror to satisfy vanity. With them, with the tools that they contribute and the critical awareness that they shape, a better world will be possible in a shorter time.

In her opening remarks, Minister Ena Elsa Velásquez spoke to you of the four pillars on which government management is built. The fundamental aspect is the connection with the people, and addressing their problems and demands, appealing to the participation of all, and the search for more than one alternative solution, in a permanent exercise of communication.

For this management to be effective, it is necessary to apply knowledge in depth, in the use of new technologies, and we are committed to this with the talent and contributions of our technical schools and our universities. But, at the same time, we defend an education that informs students of the political complexities of today’s world, of the causes and origins of conflicts, the interventionist and overwhelming vocation of empires, and the right of the peoples to defend their dignity and sovereignty, as well as to value integration among nations of a similar composition, development, and interests, as a destiny essential to survival.

That knowledge is what makes us despise wars, defend just causes, practice solidarity with those who suffer, resist and overcome all forms of punishment that they attempt to impose on us for trying to forge our own path.

Under that conviction, we consider any scenario as useful to demand respect for International Law, non-interference or intervention in Venezuela (Applause), an end to the blockade and the threats against Cuba and sister nations like Venezuela and Nicaragua. (Applause)

In a text that every educator of our lands should know —“Maestros ambulantes” (Itinerant Teachers) — José Martí said: “Men need someone to stir their compassion often, and cause their tears to flow, and to give their souls the supreme benefit of feeling generous; through a marvelous law of natural compensation, he who gives of himself grows, and he who turns inward and lives from small pleasures, is afraid to share them with others, and only thinks avariciously of cultivating his appetites, loses his humanity and becomes loneliness itself. He carries in his breast all the dreariness of winter. He becomes in fact and appearance an insect.

“(...) Men grow, they grow physically and visibly, when they learn something, when they begin to possess something, and when they have done some good.

“Only fools or egoists talk of misfortune. Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.”

He wrote this in May 1884, but they are words that have the value of eternity, like almost everything we know about Martí.

Compañeras and compañeros:

I allow myself to approach these words to thank you for your presence here, your contributions to Cuban, Latin American and universal education. To express our permanent willingness to cooperate and exchange experiences and knowledge. To confirm that in Pedagogy, as in the Cuban Revolution, there is no rupture, there is continuity. (Applause)

We remain committed to a possible better world and we believe that the basis of that desire is education.

Thank you very much for making it possible every day.

See you at the next Pedagogy event! (Ovation)

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Cuban President Checks Process of Recovery After Tornado

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, called on Sunday to expedite the procedures and the sale of construction materials to the victims by the passage of a strong tornado that hit several municipalities of the capital.

According to a report on state television during a meeting of the Council of Ministers it transpired that although progress can be seen in the processing offices there are still deficiencies to be resolved.

It was also reported that the delivery of construction materials should be expedited to families affected by the weather phenomenon that hit the municipalities of Regla, Guanabacoa, Diez de Octubre and San Miguel del Padron on January 27.

The Minister of Construction, Rene Mesa, assured that work is being done on the adaptation of premises that will be used for future housing and pointed out that the construction forces are located in the different places that will be adapted.

For his part, the first secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Party in Havana, Luis Torres Iríbar, said that in the territories affected by the tornado it was decided to expand the points of sale of building materials, says the note.

On several occasions Diaz-Canel has insisted on going into detail in the affected communities so that there are no damages to be identified, while at the same time it has oriented to guarantee the quality of the technical files of each affected house, to avoid errors in the procedures and to solve the problems.

On January 27, a powerful tornado hit the Cuban capital leaving several dead and dozens injured. In addition, thousands of homes were affected by total and partial landslides.

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Cuban President Insists on Unity to Overcome Adversities

Havana, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) One week after a tornado hit several municipalities in this capital, Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel insisted on unity to face adversities, after remembering National Hero Jose Marti's thought.

On his Twitter account, the president wrote that the Cuban people can overcome anything because they face it together, in reference to this week's natural disasters and the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for nearly six decades.

'The homeland is joy, pain and heaven for all,' the president wrote when quoting the Cuban hero.

In another tweet, Diaz-Canel recalled Marti again when he posted that 'he taught us that the only dignified autograph of a man is the one he leaves written with his works; and Cuba's best offsprings are writing theirs in the soul of the people affected by the tornado, whom they are helping.'

According to experts, the occurrence of tornadoes of such magnitude is unusual in Cuba and they are hard to forecast. That explains how many Havana residents were taken by surprise on the streets, even though the population had been warned about bad weather conditions on January 27.

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Lighting the night to recall Martí

Leading the tribute in Havana were Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee; President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; José Ramón Machado Ventura, Party second secretary; and Comandante de la Revolución Ramiro Valdés Menéndez.

For 66 years now, one of the last nights of January is lit up with torches to recall Martí.

In Havana last night, a sea of youth advanced down University Hill to the Fragua Martiana, near the city’s waterfront, to celebrate a date all Cubans know: the birth José Martí.

On January 28, 1853, the most universal of all Cubans was born "in a modest house on Paula Street, where the wall overlooked the port," as writer Jorge Mañach describes it.

One hundred and sixty years later, the people once again light the streets, as part of a tradition that began with a group of young patriots, when, 100 years later, this date was celebrated in 1953.

On the anniversary of José Martí’s birth in 1960, Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara said that there are many ways to honor Martí. "Marti can and must be honored in the way he would like, when he said at the top of his lungs: The best way to say, is to do," as Raúl Alejandro Palmero, president of the Federation of University Students remembered when he called on those present to join recovery efforts in Havana in the wake of a devastating tornado, and to defend the Revolution approving the country’s new Constitution on February 24.

In addition to torch lit marches across the country, floral wreaths in the name of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz and Cuban President Díaz-Canel were placed alongside the Apostle’s mausoleum in Santiago de Cuba’s Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, plus others from the Councils of State and Minister and the Cuban people.

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