Diaz-Canel Recognizes Impact of Fishing Law for Cuban Development

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has acknowledged on Monday the benefits for the country''s socioeconomic development of the Fisheries Law analyzed by deputies and that must be soon passed in the Parliament.

When intervening in the debate on this bill, the Cuban President pointed out that it includes the new economic actors emerging from the process of updating Cuba's economic model, such as the non-state sector.

The law-to-be regulates proper fishing ordering, management and control, enhances the rescue of aquaculture, marine species farming and links research and sustainability with environment, Diaz-Canel stated.

At the Havana International Conference Center, where commissions of the National Assembly of People's Power (ANPP) are meeting, Diaz-Canel uttered that debating on this specific regulation was a democratic consultation exercise with deputies and members of fishing communities in the country.

The Deputy Minister of Food-Producing Industry, Iris Quiñones, on the other hand, stressed that the new Fishing Law is in line with international standards and regulations and recognizes that such an entity as the leading one for this economic activity.

The regulations set down fishing methods, have the bases for fishing management and splits sport fishing from recreational fishing, among other issues.

Food-farming and Constitutional and Legal Affairs commissions of the Cuban Parliament consulted 462 deputies and 863 guests to draft the bill.

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Cuban President Participates in 9th Congress of UNEAC

The Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, is participating this Sunday in the closing ceremony of the 9th Congress of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC). The delegates to the event debate in the final day on the current challenges of Cuban culture, prior to the presentation of the new presidency of Uneac elected by vote.

During the meeting held this Sunday and Saturday, in the Convention Center in Havana, the writers and artists of Cuba gathered in the entity strengthened the commitment to contribute so that this organization permeates and talks with the social class of the nation.

They also exchanged on the impact of new technologies that coexist with traditional modes of communication and ways to foster the formation of an audience capable of discerning with critical judgment what is culturally valuable and authentic.

Under the slogan 'Without culture there is no possible freedom', it is hoped that the event will mark the starting point for a new stage of work at Uneac, an institution founded in 1961 by the national poet Nicolas Guillen.

Currently, the entity has 9,000 members and branches in all the provinces of the country.

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Salary Increase in Cuba to Benefit Economy and Workers

The salary increase for employees of the budgeted sector in Cuba seeks to boost the national economy and raise the living standard of workers, despite the current upsurge in the hostile policy of the United States.

Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, insisted the eve when announcing the salary changes, among others, on the need to guarantee a retail mercantile circulation and avoid a rise in inflation.

The president added that it is necessary to control that prices of products and services in the state sector do not rise, nor prices in the non-state sector.

Last week, Cuban authorities announced the increase of the minimum wage to 400 pesos and the monthly average per worker to 1,067, an increase almost twice the previous one.

The measure benefits one million 470 thousand 736 workers of the agencies of the Central State Administration, the local bodies of People's Power, organizations and associations, all belonging to the budgeted sector of the economy.

As for social security, one million 281 thousand 523 people will receive an increase in their pensions.

In this regard, the Cuban head of state exemplified the day before that a Professor of a university will receive more than 1,700 pesos; an Auxiliary One, more than one thousand 600; one Assistant, one thousand 500; and an Instructor, more than one thousand 400.

If one of them holds a management position, the scale then rises, he said.

As for the press, one of the sectors with salaries currently below the average, Díaz-Canel said it will amount to more than 1,300 in case of being a Senior Level I Editor; more than one thousand 200 if it is II; and a figure higher than one thousand 100, if it corresponds to Category III.

The Cuban president emphasized that the new measures will also benefit doctors, nurses, teachers, press professionals, community service workers, among others.

He added that the step taken also aims to diversify and increase exports, replace imports, advance in food sovereignty and promote local development.

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Cuba boosts Economy, Benefits the Population, Despite Blockade

Cuba announced today measures of popular benefit and boost for the economy, taken in the face of harshening economic, financial and commercial blockade that the United States has been applying against the island for almost 60 years.

This was announced by the Cuban Television News report, of which Prensa Latina transmits a version of the text released in this regard.

These were decisions resolved by the Council of Ministers, led by the president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, in order to promote an economic strategy based on maximizing internal capacities and human potential of the country.

The president explained they took into account the visits to provinces, the opinion stated by the population, propositions in congresses such as the one of the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, the opinions of academics attending to the economic problems aggravated by the hostile policy of the U.S. government.

In this regard the Minister of Economy and Planning, Alejandro Gil, said the measures 'are focused on giving a greater response to the needs of the population and the economy,' encouraging the active participation of all actors in the search for solutions and in the confrontation with the economic siege imposed by the White House.

He commented that the provisions seek, in essence, to defend national production; diversify and increase exports; replace imports; promote productive linkages; strengthen the state company; advance food sovereignty; promote local development; comply with the housing policy; and put science to solve problems.

The measures, which will be put into practice gradually, cover different aspects such as the increase of national production; municipal self-supply; local development projects; investments; retail trade circulation; and the promotion of agricultural production, said Gil at the aforementioned meeting of the Council of Ministers.

He specified that for the budgeted sector, the minimum wage is increased to 400 pesos and the average monthly salary per worker is then raised to one thousand 67.

'This measure includes one million 470 thousand 736 workers of the agencies of the Central State Administration, the local bodies of the People's Power, organizations and associations,' says the communication.

In the case of Social Security, one million 281 thousand 523 people will receive increases in their pensions.

For its part, the Minister of Finance and Prices, Meisi Bolaños, explained that the application of the Special Contribution to Social Security will be generalized to workers in the budgeted sector, as part of the principle that we all contribute to the financing of expenses that they support the benefits for this concept '.

It was specified that the expenses for this salary increase should not increase the deficit of the State Budget approved for 2019.

The Council of Ministers approved to perfect the mechanism for the payment of salaries in the business sector, maintaining the link with the productive results, which will be implemented as of 2020.

Among the incentives, it was emphasized they are aimed to grant the power to approve the payment systems to the director of the company; prioritize the application of the piece rate payment whenever possible; and keep as an indicator that conditions the payment for results in the companies the growth of the profits before tax, compared with previous periods.

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Cuba Offers Full Guarantees to Investors, High-ranking Official Says

The Government of Cuba gives full guarantee to investors who bring their capital to Cuba, even grants certifications and attestations to offer them security and trust, a senior Cuban official said Wednesday.

Michel Bernal, Commercial Director of the Cuban Ministry of Tourism, who participates in his country's delegation to the tourism summit in Cancun, chaired by Minister Manuel Marrero, explained to the local press details on the issue.

'We are working to accelerate the opening procedures, providing facilities so that they can easily and quickly open their businesses, place their money and begin to recover their investments as soon as possible,' Bernal indicated.

He reiterates that the national legislation and the words of President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Minister Marrero have made it clear that there is total openness to foreign capital, interested in taking its projects to Cuba.

Bernal reminded that Cuba and Mexico are linked by a long history of respect and solidarity, which is why this friendship and work between both nations should be strengthened, also in the area of tourism.

The Cancun Sustainable Tourism Summit ends Wednesday and among the many issues discussed was that of cooperation and multi-destination projects, as well as that related to the sargasso that affects the coastline of Quintana Roo and several Caribbean countries.

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Cuba, Britain vow to expand economic, trade ties

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the Co-Chair of Britain's "Cuba Initiative" Lord David Triesman pledged to expand cooperation, economic and trade ties between the two countries, a release from the Cuban government said on Wednesday.

President Diaz-Canel and Lord Triesman "confirmed the good state of the bilateral economic relationship and the commitment of the Cuba Initiative to continue working on its strengthening," said the official daily Granma.

Diaz-Canel and Triesman chaired a two-day business forum on Monday and Tuesday in Havana.

It was attended by a British delegation of about 30 entrepreneurs, aiming to expand bilateral investments in the fields of industry, agriculture, tourism, green energy and telecommunications.

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The visit of Triesman and his entourage of businessmen is considered the relaunching of the Cuba Initiative, in correspondence with the will expressed by both sides during the stay of President Diaz-Canel in London in November 2018, and ratified in March in Havana by Prince Charles.

The Cuba Initiative was founded in 1995 as a working group at the government level between Havana and London, with an aim to enhance bilateral economic, trade, financial and investment links.

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Cuban President Focused on Food Production in Camagüey

The priority of food production led the Cuban president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, to the Industrial Fisheries Company of Santa Cruz del Sur (Episur), during his government visit to Camagüey.

The substitution of imports and the development of exportable items were key points in the stay in the southern territory that has diversified its production from seafood.

Results with certified quality and food safety in its 13 points of sales, and its two own brands (Marisur and Verdesolas) extended internationally, endorse Episur that concluded 2018 with the highest production in its history, harvest of 1,670 tons of seafood.

The course of the country's presidency, which includes vice-presidents of the Councils of State and of Ministers and heads of the ministries, reached the Agricultural and Citrus Sola Company, with the presence of the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (Mincex) , Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz.

'We always have to think about adding value to the productions, it is important that organic items are promoted here, which are sold with a higher price in the market,' he said according to Adelante's web portal.

This day also had the exchange between students and professors of the University of Camagüey Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz with the vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Roberto Morales, who considered the vital importance of 'going more and more to science' to the future and development of the economic and social model of Cuba.

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Diaz-Canel Congratulates Jurists on Their Day

Cuban President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, congratulated on Friday Cuban jurists for their day, on June 8.

Huge, complex and necessary tasks await them, the President tweeted.

On the other side, Cuba´s Attorney General, Yamila Peña, recalled on Twitter that Cuba commemorates every June 8 the Day of Jurists because that day in 1865 the independence patriot Ignacio Agramonte discussed his diploma paper to get his degree on Law.

In turn, the President of the Supreme People's Court, Ruben Remigio, acknowledged Cuban lawyers´ selfless work or with which they decisively contribute to the strengthening of order, legality and legal security in the country.

The website of Cuba´s National Union of Jurists revealed that the organization created on June 8, 1977, currently gathers 16,000 jurists who work as university professors, lawyers, judges, among others.

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