Diaz-Canel highlights upcoming elections of intendants in Cuba

Havana, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday highlighted the upcoming elections of municipal intendants on Saturday, as established by the Constitution approved in 2019.

The president shared an article from Granma newspaper on his Twitter account about the elections of those public posts in all 168 Cuban municipalities.

Recently, the delegates from the municipal assemblies, as representatives of the people, elected the provincial governors and vice governors proposed by the President of the Republic, in accordance with the Constitution.

The intendants will head the Municipal Administration Councils, which will be in charge of meeting the needs of the economy, health care, assistance, education, culture, sports and recreation in each territory, according to Article 201 of the Constitution.

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President assesses food production on the island

Havana, January 22 (RHC)--Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel evaluated on Tuesday the progress of the food program on the island.

The assessment included the development plan of the Tabacuba business group, the recovery of integral swine centers, and other issues.

The Tabacuba Program seeks expansion until 2030 of tobacco production, as of the national economy's main exportable item.

Its goal is to reach more than 50 thousand tons annually of the different varieties of the crop harvested in Cuba, thus increasing the volumes of the product for export and domestic consumption.

In this regard, Díaz-Canel commended tobacco production as one of the areas that always comply with the plans.

At the meeting, it was also revealed that since 2005 the recovery of the integral swine centers began with significant investments and maintenance actions.

It was also known that the pasta industry does not meet current demands and that its main destinations are the tourism sector and the rationed family basket.

Problems identified during the meeting included inefficient planning and execution of maintenance, and the shortage of parts and spare parts.

The meeting also dealt with the Plan for Food Sovereignty and Nutritional Education in Cuba, which seeks to reduce dependence on food imports and guarantee its quality.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares

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Congratulatory messages for new Governors and vice-Governors

Havana, January 20 (RHC)-- The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, congratulated those elected to the posts of Governors and Vice-Governors in the country.

He transmitted his congratulations via Twitter and expressed that he was counting on them to continue perfecting the work of the government. 

Meanwhile, the President of Parliament and the Council of State, Esteban Lazo Hernandez, sent a  congratulatory letter on Saturday.

"You have been elected in your respective provinces in a historic vote, with the unquestionable support of the representatives of the people, gathered in your municipalities this morning," he wrote.

He stated that the attendance of almost all the delegates of the People's Power of the country expresses the support and recognition to the newly elected officials.

The Governors and Vice-Governors will be sworn in by the representative of the Council of State appointed for this purpose within 21 days after their election.

After that step, the Provincial Council of People's Power will be constituted with the important mission of carrying out the economic and social development of their respective territories.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Diaz-Canel expresses solidarity with Puerto Rican people

Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Republic of Cuba, expressed on Twitter the solidarity of the Cuban people with the Puerto Rican brothers affected by a strong earthquake.

Puerto Rico is in an emergency phase due to the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred at 4:24 a.m. local time, and its epicenter was on the Guayanilla coast, followed by a second 5.8 magnitude shaking at 6:32 a.m.

The damage caused by the telluric movement led Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vazquez to decree a state of emergency and activate the National Guard.

So far, a person has died from a wall falling in his home and other nine have been injured. There are reports of 250,000 families without electricity and 300,000 people with disruptions in the water and sewage services, as well as significant material damage still to be confirmed.

Vazquez asked for calm in an official statement and said that some 350 people are still taking refuge in the sports and educational centers. The National Guard is checking bridges, houses and roads that may have been affected by the event.

Since December 28, seismic movements have been felt, intensified in the last few days, which is aggravated by the tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. (ACN)

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Diaz-Canel assures 'Cubans are winners of the impossible'

President Miguel Diaz-Canel assured on Twitter this Wednesday that Cubans are 'winners of the impossible' and it is a good time to propose another year of 'positive exceptionality.'

In another tweet, the president recalled the 61st anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1.

With this purpose, he posted on Twitter two opinion articles released in both the national newspaper Granma and the Cubadebate website, where he refers to the national date that Cubans celebrate this Wednesday.

On January 1, 1959, the Revolution led by Fidel Castro and other youngsters triumphed, which changed the history of Cuba by defending a process of deep social, political and economic transformations.

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Cuba congratulated on 61st anniversary of its Revolution

Governments and peoples worldwide have congratulated Cuba on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed on Tuesday.

According to the source, Singaporean President Mdm Halimah Yacob congratulated the Cubans on behalf of his people on National Independence Day and wished peace and prosperity to the country.

Dominican President Danilo Medina and Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas also expressed their good wishes for prosperity and well-being, as well as their most sincere congratulations.

Latvian President Egils Levits and Foreign Minister Edgars Rink?vi?s also sent messages to Cuban authorities on the anniversary of the Revolution.

Panamanian Head of State Laurentino Cortizo Cohen conveyed a fraternal greeting to President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez and the Cuban people on the 61st anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution, 'a fact of great significance for Latin America as a whole.'

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Edgar Chagwa Lungu (Zambia), Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe) and Paul Biyan (Cameroon) also expressed their best wishes from Africa.

Seychelles President Danny Faure extended his deepest congratulations, and recalled the common struggles for self-determination. He noted that the Cuban government is an invaluable companion on the road to development.

Likewise, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, King of the Netherlands Williem-Alexander R, and Belgian King Philippe Léopold Louis Marie, also sent warm congratulations and wishes of prosperity to the friendly people of Cuba.

For its part, the government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas extended its sincere congratulations to Cuba for the celebration, and expressed its commitment to continue strengthening relations between the two nations.

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Council of Ministers holds the last meeting of 2019

The last meeting of the Council of Ministers of the year 2019 was held Tuesday at the Palace of the Revolution, headed by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, and led by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz.

The encounter discussed significant economic and social issues that impact on the national reality and from which strategic lines for the performance of the Government in 2020 are defined.

Granma newspaper reported that In the closing remarks of the meeting, President Díaz-Canel listed for main priorities. They are the ideological battle, in the light of the current colonizing platform and the attempts of the U.S. government to discredit the Revolution; the defense of the country; the intense legislative exercise underway to support the Constitution of the Republic; and the economic battle.

Referring to the island's economic woes, he said that 2020 must be the year in which everything that needs to be implemented to unleash the productive forces is proposed. He noted that in no way, this effort should be confused with privatization.

Therefore, he insisted on a detailed analysis of what to unlock from the state and what needs to be opened from the private sector for the Cuban economy to be more harmonious and dynamic.

Next year - he stressed - we are going to continue working to make room for all the forms of management and ownership endorsed in the Conceptualization of the Cuban Economic and Social Model and also in the Magna Carta.

 "We are going to remove obstacles to enhance the state-owned enterprise and make the business redesign that the country needs," he stressed.

After an extensive evaluation of the current scenario in Cuba, Díaz-Canel provided some guidelines for the performance of the Government in 2020.

Among them, he highlighted the fight for efficiency; the improvement of the work of the Government in all its levels; the quality of penal processes; the updating and modernization of the financial banking system and the strengthening of foreign investment.

He stressed that it is necessary to continue working tirelessly to ensure the quality of services in tourism; to break the chains of non-payment in domestic trade; to achieve higher production of food and medicines, and to replace imports.

Likewise, he mentioned the importance of advancing in the computerization of society and compliance with the National Housing Policy; to stimulate the production of green energy, as well as to continue confronting corruption and illegalities.

The President of the Republic called upon the Council of Ministers to start next year with the good rhythm that the country needs.

"We must create conditions to start January well, by finishing houses, exporting, supporting the economy," he stressed.

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Cuban president discusses government actions to increase food production

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez followed up on the actions being carried out in the country to increase food production.

During a meeting held in the Cuban capital, participants discussed the planting of chickpeas in the province of Sancti Spíritus, where a collaboration project with Turkey is underway. It is introducing new varieties of this grain in Cuba, evaluating their behavior in the country's climatic conditions.

Díaz-Canel insisted on the importance of promoting this crop and checking if it would make possible good yields in periods of drought.

He considered that an increase in this production would pave the way for a greater variety of grains at different times of the year.

On fruit production, participants stated that more than 18 thousand hectares are being devoted to this purpose, with the participation of 353 cooperatives.

This year, the state fruit tree program produced 96 thousand 500 tons, a figure that represents 88% of the planned output and 11% of the total fruit tree production in the country. 

In these areas, progress was also made with the installation of mini-industries. Currently, there are more than 200 in operation dedicated to the processing of fruits and vegetables.

The President also evaluated different strategies to recover the fishing fleets, both in the high seas and in the insular platform, actions that will allow increasing the levels of capture.

In this regard, the Russian Federation has collaborated with the design of projects that are the result of the most recent working visit made to that nation by the Cuban Head of State.

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