Díaz-Canel: The revolutionary government has a duty to the people

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, claimed that the revolutionary government has a duty to the people, on the occasion of his government visit to Pinar del Rio province, in which productive and educational sectors have been key for its development.

He highlighted the franc exchange with the local population, which has stated deficiencies, especially in transportation, aqueduct and housing.

During his visit to the “Hermanos Saíz Montes de Oca” University of Pinar del Rio, the president specified that the government hopes to continue this type of systematic contact to help “unblock” problems.

Accompanied in his tours by members of the Council of Ministers, the head of state stressed on the importance to organize and plan the work better geared at resolving difficulties and dissatisfactions in a shorter term, and referred to the existing talent among the population to face the problems.

He explained that this type of work allows each ministry to work more closely with territorial authorities, and thus, to strengthen the relation between the central government and the provinces.

On Wednesday night, Díaz-Canel participated in the debate of the Draft Constitution held in the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) 3 and 9 of Constituency 175, in “Hermanos Cruz” Popular Council, in the city of Pinar del Rio, where he highlighted the respect for every citizen’s opinions in the process of dialogues at all levels.

The president referred there have been much wisdom whenever an article is discussed, especially thinking on “what we are going to leave young people”.

“We’re contributing to the way in which we should implement the Constitution and the scope of the future laws”, stated Díaz-Canel at the meeting characterized by the franc exchange among people of all ages, a demonstration of the interest of the population to see its suggestions reflected on the Magna Carta.

Some 7,780 meetings are scheduled in this Cuba’s westernmost province, since so far 936 have been held, and according to official data, the most recurring approaches have dealt with marriage and the president’s term of office.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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Cuba's President Congratulates Vietnam for Independence Day

Hanoi, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) On the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Vietnam's independence, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel sent his congratulatory message to Tran Dai Quang on behalf of the government and the people of the island.

I encourage the occasion to confirm our decision to continue strengthening the historic bonds of friendship, brotherhood and cooperation between both countries, stressed the Cuban leader.

A similar letter was sent by the Caribbean nation's Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, to his Vietnamese counterpart and Deputy Prime Minister, Pham Binh Minh.

I cordially congratulate you for the 73rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam, and I reaffirm the willingness to continue strengthening friendship and solidarity among our peoples, he wrote.

Leaders from many other countries also sent congratulatory messages to the Communist Party, the State, the Government and the Vietnamese people on the occasion of the date.

Vietnam celebrates its National Day on September 2 because on that date in 1945 its first president, Ho Chi Minh, read in the Ba Dinh Square in the capital the Declaration of Independence against defeated French colonialism.

But the selfless Southeast Asian nation had yet to fight for another 30 years and offer the lives of millions of its children to defeat the U.S. troops invasion and achieve the reunification of the country.

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Cuba's President Praises Fencing Work in Barranquilla

Havana, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today urged the country''s sports movement to study the work of the fencing team for the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla-2018.

Diaz-Canel recognized the results of that discipline in the Colombian event, held from July 19 to August 3, where the team won seven gold and four bronze medals, and called to analyze that experience well during the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER).

The President of the Councils of State and of Ministers also insisted on the preparation of the reserve of athletes and coaches, and the technical preparation of the latter.

In addition, in his exchange with INDER executives, Diaz-Canel asked for suggestions to a possible solution to a missing link that is the absence of the Higher School of Athletic Perfection.

Cuba participated in the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla with 534 athletes, who competed in 34 disciplines. In that four-year tournament the island obtained the second place by countries behind Mexico.

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Diaz-Canel receives President of Suriname

The President of the Cuban Council of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, received on Thursday afternoon the President of the Republic of Suriname, Desire Delano Bouterse, who is visiting Cuba.

During the meeting, both leaders noted the good progress of bilateral relations and exchanged on issues of common interest on the regional and international agenda, as well as ratified the decision to continue to strengthen political ties and cooperation.

Cuba and Suriname established diplomatic relations on May 31, 1979, which have been based on solidarity and cooperation.

The Cuban President was accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.


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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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