Cuban President Begins Gov't Visit to Central Province

Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel began on Wednesday a government visit to the central province of Sancti Spiritus, where he was accompanied by First Vice President Salvador Valdes, and several ministers.

The president announced on his twitter account the beginning of his visit, which is part of his policy of systematically traveling throughout the country with members of the Council of Ministers to check the progress of the economy, social works, and other priorities.

'Today begins the visit of the Council of Ministers to Sancti Spiritus, a beautiful province in the center of Cuba. See you,' he tweeted.

Since he took office in April 2018, Diaz-Canel has insisted on the importance of governing with the people, a vision that - he assures - constitutes a legacy of the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, and of the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Raul Castro.

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Diaz-Canel announces national workshop on computerization of society

Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, announced on Twitter that the Second National Informatization and Cybersecurity Workshop will be held later this week.

On the 17th and 18th, the Second Workshop on Informatization and Cybersecurity will be held, in which the progress of the Informatization Program, Electronic Government, the use of Social Networks, the work of the Cuban Union of Informaticians (UIC) and other related topics will be discussed, the Cuban president tweeted.

The organizers of the event informed the press that the workshop will take place at the University of Informatics Sciences, in this capital, and will be attended by officials of the Ministry of Communications, the business system and local governments, as well as research centers and universities.

The program that has transcended so far includes among the activities an exchange on good practices in institutional management of social networks, the current state of cybersecurity in the country and the main results of the implementation of government policy for the computerization of society.

The meeting will also address the march of e-government with an evaluation of the impact of its first stage (Presence) and the projections to reach the second (Interaction) of the four conceived in this initiative.

During the closing day, a diagnosis of the websites of the territorial governments will be presented, as well as the main applications and capacities of the country's IT solutions development entities.

The Cuban computerization process goes beyond strengthening access to the Internet; it also includes a program to expand electronic payment channels, and a gradual migration to digital television, among other aspects. (ACN)

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Cuban Presidency Calls to Celebrate the Triumph of the Revolution

Cuba's Presidency has called on the nation today to celebrate on January 1 the triumph of the Revolution on its 60th anniversary and highlighted the main ceremony on the occasion planned for Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba.

'We will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution with Fidel, Marti, Cespedes and Mariana Grajales', the presidential office wrote in its @PresidenciaCuba Twitter account.

In its message on the social network, the Presidency released statements made on the eve by the first secretary of the Communist Party in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, Lazaro Exposito, with details about the celebration.

Exposito pointed out in the radio and television program 'En Línea contigo' (In line with your) that the event will be attended by a thousand people from Santiago, while another two thousand will be able to see it on a giant screen that will be placed in the Heredia theatre.

It also meant the symbolism that represents celebrating the triumph of the Revolution in the patrimonial cemetery that houses the remains of the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, the apostle of independence and national hero, Jose Marti, the mother of the homeland, Mariana Grajales, and other heroes.

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Diaz-Canel Describes 2019 as a Year of Challenges and Victories

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel envisioned 2019 on Wednesday a year of challenges and victories, a few days before the island celebrates the 60th anniversary of the triumph of the Revolution.

'A new year is about to begin, a new anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. It will be a year of challenges, battles, and victories and we will go for more,' he wrote on his Twitter account.

To the labels #SomosCuba and #SomosContinuidad, the president added # YoVotoSí, in reference to the popular referendum convened for February 24 on the new Constitution of Cuba, which after being approved unanimously on December 22 by the National Assembly of People's Power must be endorsed at the polls by means of direct and secret vote.

In his recent speech at the close of the second ordinary session of the Assembly, Diaz-Canel mentioned challenges for next year such as economic development and the computerization of society, amid an escalation of hostility on the part of the current US administration, with the resurgence of the blockade as a spearhead.

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President Diaz-Canel Congratulated Cuban Educators

President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday congratulated the Cuban teachers on the occasion of Educator's Day.

'This is Educator's Day in Cuba, the day that should be every day, for those who dedicate to us, more than their hours, the meaning of their lives,' the president posted on his Twitter account, on which he also shared images of his visits to schools.

Another tweet from the head of State says, 'In the embrace, smile, sweetness, warm eyes and also the rigor and decency of each Cuban educator, the future of the country is solidified and announced. Congratulations Cuban teachers.'

Diaz-Canel also recalled some thoughts by Cuban National Hero Jose Marti on educators.

'Marti wanted 'live and useful teachers who can teach the composition, riches and functions of the land, the ways to make it produce and to live with dignity on it, and the past and present nobilities that maintain the people,'' he posted on Twitter.

Cuban Educator's Day is marked every December 22 to commemorate the date in 1961 when the Literacy Campaign was successfully completed and Cuba was proclaimed a Territory Free of Illiteracy.

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President Diaz-Canel Denounces the Blockade Impact on Cuba's Economy

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced on Sunday the impact of the US blockade on Cuba's economy and the resurgence of this hostile policy at the National Assembly of Popular Power.

The blockade is present and has intensified with the current administration, he warned at the Economic Affairs Committee of the parliament, in which its deputies analyzed the fulfillment of the Plan of the Economy this year and the projections for 2019.

Diaz-Canel pointed out actions framed in the blockade as the financial persecution of the operations that have to do with Cuba, translated, among other aspects, in pressures and fines to foreign banks.

In this scenario, he described as meritorious the anticipated increase in 2018 for the Gross Domestic Product of the country, which will close the year slightly higher than one percent, although below the expected two percent.

It is a discrete growth, which still does not impact as we need in the lives of people, but it is meritorious given the complexities we face, he said.

According to the statement made by the Minister of Economy and Planning, Alejandro Gil, in addition to the US blockade and its resurgence, Cuba suffered significant damage due to the impact of weather events, including Hurricane Irma, at the end of 2017, and the rains associated with the subtropical storm Alberto.

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Cuban President Recalls Granma Yacht Landing

Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel recalled todaty in his Twitter account the 62nd anniversary of the landing of the yacht Granma and highlighted the investiture of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as new president of Mexico.

'Recalling another anniversary of the arrival of the yacht Granma to Las Coloradas, we left #Mexico with the emotion of having participated in a historic act in the heart of the Latin American nation. Congratulations to our #FAR in the glorious anniversary of its foundation', wrote the head of State in his account @Diaz-CanelB.

After arriving from Mexico, Diaz-Canel expressed Cuba's interest to reinforce and expand relations with that country, which he described as strategic for the Caribbean island.

Lopez Obrador assumed yesterday the presidency of Mexico with the promise of fighting corruption, which he considers one of the worst problems affecting all the social establishment.

On SDecember 2, 1956, arrived to beach Las Coloradas, eastern province of Granma, the 82 expeditioners led by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

Coming from Mexico, those youths would give continuation to the armed insurrection against the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista. In honor to that action, that day of 1961 wwerwe borbn the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR), basic military institution of the Cuban State.

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Cuba's President for Expanding Relations with Mexico

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel who is here for the presidential inauguration of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador this Saturday voiced his government's interest in expanding relations with Mexico, a country he described as strategic for the island.

At a meeting with diplomats at the Cuban Embassy, Diaz-Canel said he would tell Lopez Obrador Cuba's willingness to widen economic and trade links, as well as the historical bonds connecting the two nations. He will convey the incoming dignitary Havana's readiness to push forward the ideal of an integrated Latin America and Caribbean.

The Statesman spoke of the arduous efforts Cuba is doing amidst growing hardships due to Donald Trump administration's hardening the economic, commercial and financial blockade, specially reinforcing its persecution to deprive the island of financial resources and thus damaging third countries and companies.

He also highlighted as a clear show of participatory democracy the popular consultation in which 8 million Cubans openly debated the draft of the new Constitution. He said only a few of the original paragraphs were left without changes. The Parliament has been summoned for December 21 to assess proposals and put the amended draft to a vote.

Diaz-Canel also referred to the executive's strategy to bring the government to the people with visits to provinces and municipalities, like the one he has just finished in Eastern Cuba before traveling to Mexico. Accompanied by 11 ministers and other high ranking officials, the President toured the province of Guantanamo.

'Officials should come out of their offices and come in touch with people, see their problems first hand', he stressed.

The President traveled to Mexico accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez; the delegation was welcomed by Lazaro Cardenas, grandson of former president bearing the same name who was a close friend of Cuba. Lazaro Cardenas is chief of advisors to Lopez Obrador who will be Mexico's president for the next six years.

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