Raul Castro Chairs Parliament Plenary Session

Cuba President Raul Castro presides over today the Ninth Ordinary Session of the Eighth Legislature of the Parliament, which is focused on the analysis of the full progress of the country by reviewing the summary of the main issues so far discussed.

Since last Monday Cuba parliamentarians gathered in working commissions to discuss on issues such as the computerization of the society, the potentialities of the tourist industry, and examined some experiences of cooperativism in Cuba, among others.

According to reports, they assessed that the food industry is undergoing a gradual recovery, which prioritizes the dairy and meat industries, given the financial, material and human impossibility of making progress in all areas.

The parliamentarians also discussed the housing situation in the country, a pressing issue for which the government proposes to strengthen the strategy for its expansion.

They also analyzed the behavior of the tourist sector in the first half of the year and its profile for 2018, as well as assessed the experiences of non-agricultural cooperatives.

Lawmakers also reiterated their solidarity with the Venezuelan revolutionary process, people and government, at a time when internal and external sectors are trying to destroy it.

The new policy of computerization of the society, was the focus yesterday of discussion by the legislators, who learned the plans of the sector by Cuban Communications Minister, Maimir Mesa.

Mesa said this project is called to become a weapon for the defense of the Revolution, according to its general principles.

It will also ensure the nation’s cyber-security in the face of threats, risks and attacks of all kinds, and ensure sustainability and technological sovereignty.

Another of its pillars is to promote the citizens’ access to the use of new Information and Telecommunication technologies, as well as to develop and modernize all spheres of the society, according to priorities.

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Cuban Economy Will Grow 2% in 2017, Predicts the President

Havana, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban economy is closing 2016 with a 0.9% decline of its Gross Domestic Product; however, despite ongoing challenges it will grow 2% in 2017, President Raul Castro predicted.

In closing the last session of the Cuban Parliament, the Head of State said, though, that to be able to reach that goal the country would need to ensure exports and timely charge for them; increase domestic production to replace imports; reduce non-essential expenses and rationally and efficiently use available resources.

Raul Castro stressed the need to boost foreign investments on the island, while saying he was not pleased with the slow pace things are being done on this key field.

He spoke of frequent excessive delays in their negotiations.

The Cuban president called to do away with a prevailing obsolete mentality, full of prejudices, against foreign capital, and get rid of false fears about it.

He reiterated that 'we are not going towards capitalism, but we should not put hurdles to what we can do in the framework of the existing laws'.

Amidst unfavorable scenarios, Cuba has continued to fulfill commitments in paying its renegotiated foreign debt, he pointed out.

Nevertheless -he added-, it has been impossible for the island to cover its temporary inability to meet current payments. Negotiations have been done, though, to resolve this issue, the President said.

On this, Raul Castro thanked trade partners for their trust and he gave assurance that this issue will be solved in a bid to clean the basis of the Cuban economy and avoid a repetition of this problem in the future.

The Cuban President also complained about the negative effects of the ongoing US economic, trade and financial blockade. He reminded that the island is still unable to make international transactions in US dollars, thus it is forbidden from doing potential business.

Acting on late Fidel Castro's will, the National Assembly passed a law banning the use of his name for naming streets and public institutions or making monuments on his memory.

Raul Castro stressed that Fidel's legacy is imperishable, full of optimism and trust on victory.

The best monument to his ideas and work -the president added- is to put into practice each day Fidel's brilliant concept of what Revolution is all about.

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Cuban President Raúl Castro Meets with Foreign Ministers of Brazil and Uruguay

Cuban President Raúl Castro held talks in Havana with Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira, who is paying an official visit to our country.

During the talks, President Raúl Castro and Minister Vieira reviewed what they both described as “excellent” relations between Brasilia and Havana and expressed their governments' willingness to further expand and strengthen bilateral ties. They also discussed several regional and international issues of common interest.

Also on Wednesday, President Raúl met with Foreign Minister of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin, who is here in Havana on an official visit. President Raúl Castro and Minister Nin termed as favorable the state of bilateral links and expressed both their governments' determination to work towards implementing a bi-national program to boost ties.

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Raul Holds Official Talks with President of Vietnam

Army General Raul Castro, President of the councils of State and Ministers, held official talks on Tuesday with comrade Truong Tan Sang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, who is on an official visit to Cuba.

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