Russian Security Council Secretary Meets With Castro, Diaz-Canel In Cuba's Capital

First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro and the newly-elected President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel discussed Russian-Cuban cooperation with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev in Havana, the council's spokesman has announced.

"During the meeting, an exchange of views took place on a wide range of issues of Russian-Cuban cooperation, including security, as well as the international agenda. The sides pointed out that the stances of Russia and Cuba on the main regional and international issues are similar or coincide," Yevgeny Anoshin said on Wednesday.

Patrushev congratulated Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel with his election.

Cuba's National Assembly elected Diaz-Canel as the country's president during an extraordinary session last week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Miguel Diaz-Canel on being elected as the Cuban president, expressing hope that mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries would expand.

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Cuban president awarded with ISDI's 35th anniversary medal

Havana, October 8 (RHC)--Cuban president,  Miguel Díaz-Canel, was awarded Monday the 35th Anniversary Medal of the Superior Institute of Industrial Design (ISDI).

According to a report by the National Television Newscast, the award was given to Diaz-Canel for the importance that the president attaches to design in the island's  current efforts for development.

The award was received by Miriam Nicado, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba and rector of Havana's University.

The medal celebrates the foundation of the emblematic center of higher education more than 30 years ago.

During the ceremony - held in the capital's Convention Palace - it was highlighted that the head of state attributes great importance to link between the university., sciences and businesses.

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Cuban President receives Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev

Havana, October 3 (RHC)—Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, received welcomed Russian Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvedev who arrived on the island early Thursday for an official 2-day visit.

Medvedev received the State honors at the Palace of the Revolution in the Cuban capital.

Medvedev laid a wreath of flowers at the memorial to Cuban National  hero Jose Marti on Havana’s Revolution Square before meeting with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and starting official talks. He was due to make a statement to the media later on Thursday.

The Russian Prime Minister arrived in Cuba in the morning and was received at the José Martí International Airport by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla.

As part of the agenda for this day, it is expected that intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements will be signed in his presence, as well as bilateral commercial contracts.

Medvedev will also visit the National Capitol and will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Havana.

Russia and Cuba maintain relations in the social and economic spheres and promote projects in strategic sectors for both nations, such as industry and transport.

In recent days, the approval of the first joint venture between the two nations for the production of composite materials for construction was announced.

Teccomp Caribe, S.A. - for the manufacture of glass fiber composite bars - is the result of an alliance between the Cuban Mercantile Society Siment Aut S.A. and the Russian company United Composite Technologies.

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Cuban president evaluates programs of high priority for the island's economy

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel analyzed on Tuesday prioritized programs for the country's socioeconomic development in areas such as transportation, agriculture and tourism.

In a meeting where he was accompanied by several government ministers, Diaz-Canel evaluated the main projects to improve the transportation of cargo and passengers, according to national television prime time newscast.

The report added that the recovery of the railway system with the modernization of workshops and increased technical inspections of vehicles to prevent accidents are part of the plan in this sector.

The president also analyzed investments in tourism and foreign investment, strategic sectors for the development of the Caribbean nation. The head of state called for expanding exportable lines and boosting production in the food industry, according to the information.

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Cuban president highlights opening of Alzheimer center

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, highlighted the opening of a center for the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease, a work he described as humane.

Another humane and valuable health work to raise patients' quality of life, the head of state wrote in Twitter.

On Saturday, Vice President Roberto Morales and the Minister of Public Health of Cuba, José Ángel Portal, opened the Center for Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders, the only one of its kind in the island.

Located in the Cuban capital, it is an institution equipped to make an early diagnosis of the disease, train caregivers and family members, and promote research in order to improve patient care.

According to official data, Alzheimer's will affect 131.5 million people worldwide in 2050.

Reports issued by the World Health Organization indicate that in the region of the Americas more than 10 million people live with dementia, a figure that increases every three seconds.

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Cuba Called to Work to Solve Energy Situation

President Miguel Díaz-Canel called here today to work for returning to normal in the current energy situation, however, he insisted on not abandoning saving measures to take care of resources.

Díaz-Canel led a work visit to this eastern territory to check the measures taken in the situation caused by the shortage of fuel, on which occasion he highlighted the coherence and intelligence of the Guantanamo people to minimize their effects.

Before national and local authorities, the head of state emphasized that the responsibility for the energy situation in the country dconsequence of U.S. aggressive policy, now more aggravated by the imperial policy of President Donald Trump.

At another time, the Cuban president recognized the work of Guantanamo in the attention to the people, especially in areas related to housing construction and supply of drinking water.

Likewise, Díaz-Canel socialized initiatives carried out in other territories that may be useful in the face of the current energy situation.

Together with the first Cuban vice president, Salvador Valdés, and other national and local authorities, the head of State learned about the work of that territory and its priorities.

In that sense, the president of the Provincial Assembly of the Popular Power in Guantanamo, Emilio Matos, listed the priorities for this stage, headed by the distribution of food, educational activities and health programs.

For his part, the delegate of Agriculture in Guantanamo, Diosnel San Loys, said the vitality of that sector is guaranteed, in particular, tomato and coffee crops.

Since last week, the head of state has been touring Cuban provinces in order to analyze the measures with a view to minimizing the effects with the shortage of fuel.

So far, the president has visited the western provinces of Pinar del Río, Havana, Artemisa and Mayabeque, and is now in eastern Guantanamo.

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Díaz-Canel Evaluates Measures to face Energy Shortage in Cuba

President Miguel Díaz-Canel evaluates in Pinar del Rio Province this Monday measures to face current energy shortage resulting from the US blockade.

The first vice president, Salvador Valdes Mesa, ministers, vice ministers and the highest authorities of Pinar del Rio province participate in the meeting in this western territory.

Díaz-Canel continues assessing actions taken to address the lack of diesel caused by the persecution of the US Government against shipping companies and insurance companies related to trade with the island.

This is a circumstantial shortage for which savings and other measures were decided to mitigate the impact on the population and maintain vitality in strategic sectors of the economy and services.

The analysis includes the guarantee of tobacco production in the territory, known as the highest quality tobacco producer in the world.

Also food supply, the maintenance of medical, educational and other activities.

The Minister of Economy, Alejandro Gil, said at the meeting that in recent days it was confirmed that the country has potential to face the current situation and continue along the path of development.

Díaz-Canel urged citizens to think as a country, work for savings and for national unity and solidarity.

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Why is Cuba in a better position, compared with the “Special Period,” to face present challenges?

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez detailed on Wednesday in a special TV appearance the strengths of the island to overcome the ongoing economic adversities, derive from the aggressive policy of the United States, especially under Donald Trump’s administration, and refuted the idea we are experiencing another Special Period in times of peace.

To face such difficult conditions “we have an economic and social development strategy adopted in the last two Party Congresses,” a conceptualized economic and social model to which we aspire and defend. The foundations are laid to elaborate an economic and social development plan until 2030 and keep moving forward long term.

According to the Cuban President, we are in much better conditions since:

- We approved a new Constitution, which is being implemented already.

- The vast majority of the population support and trust the leaders of our Communist Party.

- Cuba produces 40% of its oil consumption, nonexistent in the Special Period in times of peace and guarantees that our power plants —fundamental core of our electricity generation— can work properly.

- The development attained by tourism, exceeding the 70 thousand rooms despite the blockade, which ensures significant income in convertible currencies.

-We have the export of services, an example of it is the health sector.

-Foreign investment has grown as a dynamic factor in our economy, especially in nickel, in oil, in mining, in tourism, at Mariel Special Development Zone, in the food and the tobacco industry.

-Despite the worsening of the blockade, the main investors in the island have remained.

-An economy which is more present in the international market, where the development tourism and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry are strengths.

-The country now has greater construction capabilities, in hydraulic networks, transportation, and communications. There are also the infrastructure and reserves we have in storage and import substitution.

-Cuba has diversified its economic, commercial and financial relations, with Venezuela, Russia, China, Vietnam, as well as with the European Union, with the entire area of ​​Latin America and the Caribbean, with countries in Africa...

-We have private businesses as complement to state activity, this sector has grown strong.

"Cuba is far from being isolated, we are indeed a country that the world sees with awe and respect," said Diaz-Canel.

CubaSí Translation Staff

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