Cuban president visits sites of social and economic importance in Havana

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez visited sites of social and economic importance in Havana, including the Food Processing Industry Research Institute and the José Martí Metallurgical Enterprise.

Founded in 1977 with the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and cooperation agencies from other countries, the Food Processing Industry Research Institute is devoted to the processing of soy yogurt, fine handmade chocolates, fortified foods, liquid flavors as well as powder flavors, and nutritional supplements for vulnerable population groups, among them children, the elderly and people with specific dietary needs.

The Cuban leader exchanged with authorities and workers at the Institute, highlighting the need to continue improving efficiency and expanding production toward substituting food imports.

The Cuban president also visited the José Martí Metallurgical Enterprise, known as Antillana de Acero, which has received a major investment to refurbish it.   Díaz-Canel described Antillana de Acero as one of the country’s most important industrial facilities, devoted mainly to the production of steel plates and stainless steel barbs. 

During an exchange with workers and executives there, the Cuban president showed particular interest in workers' salaries, working hours and rest periods, food and transportation services. 

Díaz-Canel said the ongoing refurbishing process at Antillana de Acero will have a significant, positive impact on the country's economy. He said it must translate into higher efficiency and salaries, as well as better working conditions.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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Cuban President Checks Recovery in Ciego de Avila After Rainfalls

Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is checking today the recovery march in areas of the central province of Ciego de Ávila, after the heavy rains that hit the island last May and June.

Diaz-Canel toured places in the municipality of Florence, the hardest hit by the rains associated with the subtropical storm Alberto.

In that Ciego de Avila's territory, a province located more than 400km from Havana, the head of State spoke with authorities and with the population.

He also visited works in reconstruction, facilities related to the economy, as well as food preparation and sale centers.

Just as Diaz-Canel toured other provinces affected by the subtropical storm Alberto, including Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos, the first Cuban Vice-President, Salvador Valdes, verified the recovery process in Ciego de Avila.

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French Foreign Minister: We Want to Be Cuba's Partner

Havana, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) The French minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, expressed his government's interest in becoming Cuba's partner in the framework of the Caribbean island''s update of its economic model.

After touring Old Havana, the foreign minister repeated France's intention to reinforce bilateral ties with Cuba.

In statements to the National TV News, the head of French diplomacy commented that President Emmanuel Macron asked him to convey a message to his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and to tell him that France wants to maintain the dynamics of existing relations.

We have exceptional ties that were consolidated during then President Raul Castro's visit to France in 2016.

On Monday, the French foreign minister met with his Cuban peer, Bruno Rodriguez, who described bilateral relations as positive, and pointed out that cultural, economic and academic exchange goes well.

There is a significant potential to strengthen ties between the two nations, noted the Cuban foreign minister, who highlighted France's leadership in Europe and in the struggle to preserve the environment.

Rodriguez thanked the French State for its stance against the US commercial, economic, and financial blockade on Cuba for more than half a century.

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Traffic accidents are leading cause of death of young people in Cuba

Over the past 6 years, traffic accidents have killed 4,446 people and injured some 50,000 others in Cuba, and they have become the leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old.

The figures were disclosed at a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers, in a report on the need to strengthen road safety on the island presented by Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo Rodríguez.

According to the text, the main causes of these accidents include social indiscipline, the absence of signals and road signs, the deterioration of roads, and vehicles technically unfit to circulate.

During the meeting that was presided over by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, a set of actions designed to reinforce road safety in the short, medium and long terms was announced, emphasizing the importance of increasing education on this subject.

Diaz-Canel stressed that this situation was of utmost concern, not only for the amount of deaths and injuries it provokes, but also for the impact it has on the island’s economy.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Cuban President Calls to Socialize Draft Constitution

Havana, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today called to socialize the Draft Constitution, so that the people, who will participate in a consult from August 13 to November 15, can get familiar with the text.

'It depends on us, on the educational and training institutions, that the new work will serve for children and youths to research the history of the constitutions,' the president called at the closing of the first ordinary session of the 9th Legislature of the People's Power National Assembly.

After several days of individual study and plenary debates, Cuban lawmakers approved the Draft Constitution today.

In that regard, Diaz-Canel favored the facilitation of knowledge about the fundamental law by all components of Cuban society in order to corroborate the principles of patriotism that the people have upheld for more than 150 years, despite economic difficulties.

The Cuban president added that a proposal to make up the Council of Ministers was presented, of which more than 30 percent was renovated.

Diaz-Canel noted the continuity of officials with high merits in their work and the promotion of new leaders, which shows the link between experience and the rejuvenation that characterizes that leading body.

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Miguel Diaz-Canel Reaffirms that Cuba will Not Shift towards Capitalism

The President of the Council of State and Minister, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez reaffirmed on Tuesday in Havana that Cuba is not and will not shift towards capitalism, decision which also means an oath to the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

In his speech before the special plenary dedicated to the Commander in Chief at the closing of the 24th Encounter of the Sao Paulo Forum, the Cuban government ratified that, there will not be “any concessions of any type for those that are looking to move us away from the historic internationalist positions of the Revolution”.

You can only expect from Cuba, efforts and decisions to fight, unify, multiply, organize, combat and triumph, there will never be space for division or weakness, said the Cuban Head of State to over 600 representatives.

Diaz-Canel dedicated a large part of his speech to warn the participants on the Empire’s attempts to impose “capitalism and neoliberalism” and the urgent challenge of the left in Latin America to “save the achievements and stop neoliberalism”.

We are living in an international situation characterized by the growing threats of peace and national security said Diaz-Canel who mentioned other problems that are “devouring” today’s world, like the thirst for profits, arms race and climate change.

In this state of crisis, he said, globalized capitalism is attempting to expand and broaden its growth capacities, while denouncing the monopoly and economic interests that are attempting to revert the self-determination of the peoples of the region.

Miguel Diaz-Canel pointed out that the Organization of American states, private media outlets and Internet, where the lies reign, are instruments that joins the unilateral measures of the United States and its allies against governments of the world.

He criticized the belligerent tendency of the US government that defends hegemony and “punishes” and threats the nations that do not support its interests.

In this sense, he said, the regional left is meeting once again in this Forum to design a strategy of struggle before the aggressions of imperialism and oligarchic allies that apply methods of non-conventional war, like the cases of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil and Bolivia.

After 28 years of the creation of the organization by Fidel and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, “it opens for the first time as a space of dialog between Parties and social movements”, premise, according to the Cuban President that must continue.

The President of the Council of State and Ministers paid tribute to Fidel who mentioned qualities like dignity, attached to the truth, humanism, audacity, heroism and internationalism, “values in the conduct of those that aspire the condition of a revolutionary”.

The participants also honored Hugo Chavez, and other progressive leaders of the region like Nestor, Kirchner, Cristina Fernandez, Daniel Ortega, Rafael Correa and Jose (Pepe) Mujica.

Among the figures that participated in the special plenary were the Presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; Bolivia, Evo Morales, and El Salvador, Sanchez Ceren. (ACN)

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Unity is the Best Tribute to Fidel Castro, Says President Diaz-Canel

Havana, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel affirmed here today that the unity of left parties and political movements in Latin America and the Caribbean is the best tribute to the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro.

The left in the region has the challenge of saving what has been achieved and that´s why it is important to return to the integrationist ideal of Fidel Castro (1926-2016), who together with the former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was one of the promoters of the Forum of Sao Paulo, said Diaz-Canel when participating in the 24th edition of the conclave.

In his speech, the President recalled how the Cuban leader thought and organized the Revolution of January 1, 1959, gave dignity to Cuba, brought hope to humanity and confronted U.S. imperialism in an undefeated way.

Fidel Castro reminded us that Revolution is unity, and that this is one of the keys to understand how we have successfully faced external aggressions of all kinds, he added when addressing the audience gathered at the Havana Convention Center.

Diaz-Canel insisted on the importance of unity given the international situation, characterized by growing threats to peace and dangers to the survival of the human species in a world devoured by the desire for profit and the arms race.

In another moment of his speech, Diaz-Canel spoke of unity as an important way to demand the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba and the return of illegally occupied territory against the will of the people by the U.S. naval base in the eastern province of Guantanamo.

In Cuba there are no capitalist gyrations, neither concessions of any kind to those who, in a thousand different ways, seek to distance us from the historical internationalist positions of the Revolution, I stress this and ask that it be understood as a solemn oath before Fidel Castro.

Cuba will not give up its anti-imperialist positions and will maintain its principles of solidarity and internationalism, the President concluded.

Inaugurated last Sunday, the 24th Meeting of the Forum of Sao Paulo gathers more than 600 delegates and guests from 51 countries in Havana.

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Cuban president Diaz-Canel tours Zapata Swamp

Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of the Cuban Council of State and Ministers, began this Wednesday morning a government visit to the province of Matanzas, which includes sites of socio-economic and cultural interest, and the Zapata Swamp.

The polyclinic in Cayo Ramona, a community located more than 200 kilometers southeast of Havana, was the first point of the Cuban President's tour.

Díaz Canel will visit the Combinado de Cítricos Victoria de Girón (Citrus processing company), in the municipality of Jagüey Grande, the Empresa Agropecuaria Lenin, in Jovellanos, and several points in Matanzas, a city in full constructive bustle that will celebrate 325 years of its foundation in October.

In the Zapata Peninsula, the Cuban president noted the recovery of the area after the effects of the recent subtropical storm Alberto, currently suitable to receive visitors arriving in the summer season.

Likewise, Salvador Valdés Mesa, first vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers, has been visiting the port of the provincial capital city, the Juan Gualberto Gómez international airport and other work centers and entities located in the north of Matanzas territory since early Wednesday.


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