Cuba's president receives Central American bank's top executive

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met this Thursday in Havana with the executive President of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), Dante Mossi.

According to an official note, Mossi is in Havana on the occasion of the two-day Roundtable for the Financing of Development Projects in Cuba.

The meeting took place in a friendly atmosphere, and the parties highlighted the excellent relations between Cuba and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, of which the Caribbean nation is an extra-regional partner, the source said.

They also stressed the will to continue deepening ties.

The executive President of CABEI stated his satisfaction with the meeting and confirmed that the institution and the Cuban authorities are working to formulate a country strategy to serve as a guide, to identify development priorities in alignment with the five-year strategy of the Central American bank.

Diaz-Canel thanked CABEI for its support in achieving the objectives proposed in the strategy.

Salvador Sacasa, head of the Institutional Relations Office, and Hernán Danery Alvarado, Finance Manager, both officials of the bank, accompanied Mossi.

On the Cuban side, the Minister President of the Central Bank of Cuba, Irma Martinez, was present.

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Cuban President congratulates doctors on Latin American Medicine Day

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, congratulated doctors of the Caribbean island today on Latin American Medicine Day.

'Our daily doctors. To all our health personnel, the pride and strength of the nation inside and outside its borders: Congratulations on the Day of Latin American Medicine', the president wrote on Twitter social network.

He recalled that the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro said: 'to be a doctor requires exquisite sensitivity, great human quality, great intellectual capacity and a foolproof morale'.

'Cuba proudly celebrates Latin American Medicine Day. The hatred of the empire will not be able to destroy their extraordinary human work, 'emphasized the Antillean dignitary in the network of networks.

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Cuban president aims at sensitivity to solve problems

Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel called on permanent presence of sensible responsiveness when it comes to solve the country's problems and the population's concerns.

'With a constant responsive work agenda,' the president wrote on his twitter account where he attached a link to an article published in the website of the Presidency on the government visit to the central province of Ciego de Avila.

In the twit, Diaz-Canel urged the authorities the day before to always think in the neediest first than the numbers in the plans.

In the summary of the visit of the Council of Ministers to that province, the Head of State argued in favor of improving work in fields that the citizens still deem unsatisfactory, such as railway transport, drugs production and distribution, and garbage collection.

In addition, the president referred to places visited by the Council of Ministers like the meat plant of Turiguano, and highlighted the production quality of the local construction materials factory.

He also acknowledged the good results of institutions like Ciegplast, an enterprise that produces high-density polyethylene pipes and accessories, and the Center of BioPlantas.

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Government visit to Ciego de Avila Province concludes

The governmental visit by the Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and a representation of the Council of Ministers to the province of Ciego de Ávila concluded on Friday.

The visit provided an opportunity to verify the fulfillment of indications left in the previous tour through that central territory.

At the headquarters of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, a dialogue took place with all the directors of companies and organizations in the territory.

During the exchange with the leading cadres of the province, it was known that of the 30 indications left during the previous visit, 22 were fulfilled and eight are in progress.

The President began the day early at the Samuel Noble Marina School of Sports Initiation, where 700 young people who practice 23 sports are studying.

Díaz-Canel also visited Ciego de Ávila production and social centers, including the Turiguanó Genetic Cattle Breeding Company, which he considered could become a reference point for the development of livestock on the island.

The President, along with the Council of Ministers, also visited the factory of solar heaters in the city of Moron, where he urged to continue working on the promotion of renewable energy and the change of the island's energy matrix.

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Diaz-Canel calls for more significant efforts in the housing construction program

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel urged leaders of the island's construction industry to multiply the capacities for material production and accelerate the constructive pace to achieve the goal of building 60,000 housing units per year.

Speaking at a meeting to assess the national housing program, the Cuban president demanded a change of current mechanisms that regulate activities that are lagging, like the supply of cement to the provinces, fundamentally the one directed to the points of sales, where the population can go to meet their needs.

"In difficult times, you have to think differently," he told those responsible for the program, which also examined the causes of delays in documentation, and the current state of rehabilitation, subsidies, recovery after severe weather events, eradication of dirt floors and care for mothers with three or more children," the Presidency of Cuba website reported.

On this regard aimed at stimulating the demographic dynamics, the website said that the general director of Housing, Vivian Rodríguez Salazar, reported that some 479 families have benefitted from this initiative, 271 of them with new homes built, 44 expansions, 140 refurbished and the delivery of ten state-owned properties.

Diaz-Canel insisted on the need to reach the capacity to produce enough building materials at the local level that provide for the daily completion of at least one home per municipality.

"This is key to achieving compliance with the annual plans and move forward to transform the housing fund into one that is comfortable and long-lasting.

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Diaz-Canel: Cubans are willing to defend socialism at any price

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez assured that Cubans are not willing to leave the conquests made and dreams to come true and that they are eager to defend socialism at any price.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers, Diaz-Canel urged Cubans always to stay united, organized, and mobilized.

“We cannot give space to fractures, manipulations, interferences, and provocations,” he added.

In assessing the country's situation, he referred to the strengthening of the blockade of the United States Government, with the repeated imposition of measures that have caused, to cite just one example, fuel shortages.

Likewise, he commented on the reality that Latin America lives, when many people take to the streets, processes of the left triumph and the most aggressive right returns, as is the case of Bolivia.

In this context, he pointed out that interference and aggression against Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua are increasing.

"It has become trendy to give recipes, overlooking the complexity of the life of the Cuban people in conditions of the brutal blockade and ignoring that we chose our path long ago, under well-defined principles of independence," Díaz-Canel said.

The President shared with the members of the Council of Ministers concepts related to political and ideological work, which he said is not only the responsibility of the Communist Party but of the cadres of all entities and organizations in the country.

That political and ideological preparation makes the difference in the daily actions of those who lead, he said. ´

“It is necessary to foresee, to take opportune decisions, to banish stagnation and the lack of control of resources, “he added.

Listing the priorities for the country, Díaz-Canel mentioned the broad legislative exercise that has resulted from the new Constitution; the achievement of local self-sufficiency; guaranteeing the agricultural campaign during the cold season and the sugarcane harvest; improving services for tourism sector; relations with universities; housing policy; confronting fuel theft; and the country's investment plan.

This list also included exports, production chains, foreign investment, computerization, the epidemiological situation, improvement of the urban environment, and the battle for decency and against social indiscipline.

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Diaz-Canel criticizes obstacles to implementing measures to strengthen socialist state enterprise

Havana, November 21 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel criticized Wednesday the slow implementation of approved measures to improve the management and performance of socialist state enterprises.

Speaking at a working session with boards of governments at various levels held at Havana´s Convention Center, the President noted that there has been insufficient reaction to implement the methods and that the obstacles that hinder this management are always questioned.

Nonetheless, he argued that some agility is being achieved.

"We have been taking steps to replace administrative mechanisms by economic and financial tools, however, we still do not take advantage of all possibilities and continue to see slowness in the establishment of production chains with tourism, foreign investment, non-state sectors," said the president.

Diaz-Canel reiterated that the importing mentality remains, because establishing the needed production chains requires thinking, incentives, structures and creativeness to encourage them, and these are elements that can lead to solid companies with true sovereignty.

The president urged participants at the meeting to oversee that everything that is approved is implemented because there is a need to demonstrate the viability, the success of the state-owned company as a fundamental entity of the island´s economy.

And all this, he said, has been done in a particularly complex scenario of tightening of the blockade, financial persecution, coupled with the tense political situation in the area. Hence the importance, he emphasized, of maintaining unity, not allowing fractures or give way to interference or manipulation.

During the meeting, the President reiterated the need to continue with an adequate ideological work in the workers' collectives, while underlining the work of the Government Boards as representatives of the State before the business sector: "Your function is not to carry out tasks, but to lead processes. It is a question of evaluating, proposing, without space for the diversion of resources, the botched jobs...".

In his recommendations, he returned once again to the role of the cadres, and pointed out that it is necessary to identify the best prepared; and he also referred to the need to sustain the commitment to savings measures implemented to overcome the fuel crisis, which has affected the country.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Diaz-Canel condemns harassment against Cuban doctors in Bolivia

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, denounced late on Friday the harassment and mistreatment against Cuban doctors working in Bolivia, who will return to the island in the face of violent instigation against them.

In the name of no political ideology, hate cannot harm those who devote themselves to giving life and health to the humble, the Cuban president wrote in his Twitter account.

Diaz-Canel shared in another tweet the statement issued this Friday by the Cuban Foreign Ministry in which it calls to halt 'the exacerbation of irresponsible anti-Cuban expressions and hate.'

The document holds allegations against four Cuban doctors are false: Amparo Garcia, Idalberto Delgado, Ramón Alvarez and Alexander Torres, members of the Medical Brigade in El Alto, were illegally detained.

They were arrested on accusations of encouraging violent actions in Bolivia by the coup authorities.

Under these circumstances, the statement stresses, Cuba will immediately withdraw the members of the medical mission from Bolivia.

It also demands the release of these unfairly detained Health workers.

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