Diaz-Canel: Cubans are willing to defend socialism at any price

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez assured that Cubans are not willing to leave the conquests made and dreams to come true and that they are eager to defend socialism at any price.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers, Diaz-Canel urged Cubans always to stay united, organized, and mobilized.

“We cannot give space to fractures, manipulations, interferences, and provocations,” he added.

In assessing the country's situation, he referred to the strengthening of the blockade of the United States Government, with the repeated imposition of measures that have caused, to cite just one example, fuel shortages.

Likewise, he commented on the reality that Latin America lives, when many people take to the streets, processes of the left triumph and the most aggressive right returns, as is the case of Bolivia.

In this context, he pointed out that interference and aggression against Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua are increasing.

"It has become trendy to give recipes, overlooking the complexity of the life of the Cuban people in conditions of the brutal blockade and ignoring that we chose our path long ago, under well-defined principles of independence," Díaz-Canel said.

The President shared with the members of the Council of Ministers concepts related to political and ideological work, which he said is not only the responsibility of the Communist Party but of the cadres of all entities and organizations in the country.

That political and ideological preparation makes the difference in the daily actions of those who lead, he said. ´

“It is necessary to foresee, to take opportune decisions, to banish stagnation and the lack of control of resources, “he added.

Listing the priorities for the country, Díaz-Canel mentioned the broad legislative exercise that has resulted from the new Constitution; the achievement of local self-sufficiency; guaranteeing the agricultural campaign during the cold season and the sugarcane harvest; improving services for tourism sector; relations with universities; housing policy; confronting fuel theft; and the country's investment plan.

This list also included exports, production chains, foreign investment, computerization, the epidemiological situation, improvement of the urban environment, and the battle for decency and against social indiscipline.

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Diaz-Canel criticizes obstacles to implementing measures to strengthen socialist state enterprise

Havana, November 21 (RHC)-- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel criticized Wednesday the slow implementation of approved measures to improve the management and performance of socialist state enterprises.

Speaking at a working session with boards of governments at various levels held at Havana´s Convention Center, the President noted that there has been insufficient reaction to implement the methods and that the obstacles that hinder this management are always questioned.

Nonetheless, he argued that some agility is being achieved.

"We have been taking steps to replace administrative mechanisms by economic and financial tools, however, we still do not take advantage of all possibilities and continue to see slowness in the establishment of production chains with tourism, foreign investment, non-state sectors," said the president.

Diaz-Canel reiterated that the importing mentality remains, because establishing the needed production chains requires thinking, incentives, structures and creativeness to encourage them, and these are elements that can lead to solid companies with true sovereignty.

The president urged participants at the meeting to oversee that everything that is approved is implemented because there is a need to demonstrate the viability, the success of the state-owned company as a fundamental entity of the island´s economy.

And all this, he said, has been done in a particularly complex scenario of tightening of the blockade, financial persecution, coupled with the tense political situation in the area. Hence the importance, he emphasized, of maintaining unity, not allowing fractures or give way to interference or manipulation.

During the meeting, the President reiterated the need to continue with an adequate ideological work in the workers' collectives, while underlining the work of the Government Boards as representatives of the State before the business sector: "Your function is not to carry out tasks, but to lead processes. It is a question of evaluating, proposing, without space for the diversion of resources, the botched jobs...".

In his recommendations, he returned once again to the role of the cadres, and pointed out that it is necessary to identify the best prepared; and he also referred to the need to sustain the commitment to savings measures implemented to overcome the fuel crisis, which has affected the country.

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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Diaz-Canel condemns harassment against Cuban doctors in Bolivia

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, denounced late on Friday the harassment and mistreatment against Cuban doctors working in Bolivia, who will return to the island in the face of violent instigation against them.

In the name of no political ideology, hate cannot harm those who devote themselves to giving life and health to the humble, the Cuban president wrote in his Twitter account.

Diaz-Canel shared in another tweet the statement issued this Friday by the Cuban Foreign Ministry in which it calls to halt 'the exacerbation of irresponsible anti-Cuban expressions and hate.'

The document holds allegations against four Cuban doctors are false: Amparo Garcia, Idalberto Delgado, Ramón Alvarez and Alexander Torres, members of the Medical Brigade in El Alto, were illegally detained.

They were arrested on accusations of encouraging violent actions in Bolivia by the coup authorities.

Under these circumstances, the statement stresses, Cuba will immediately withdraw the members of the medical mission from Bolivia.

It also demands the release of these unfairly detained Health workers.

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Cuban President acknowledges confidence of those attending Fihav, despite the blockade

The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on Wednesday afternoon, at the Palace of the Revolution, held a meeting with ministers, heads of delegations, Cuban enterprise leaders, and businesspeople from abroad participating in the 18th edition of the Havana International Fair.

During the exchange, Díaz-Canel highlighted the Fair's role in strengthening economic relations and particularly recognized the difficult context in which this event is being held, given the intensification of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade by the United States government, a situation that did not prevent representatives from more than 60 countries from attending the event, in an environment of optimism and confidence in the potential of our country.

The meeting also served as an opportunity to discuss Cuba's development plans, and our intention to maintain them, no matter how difficult the conditions may be.

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Cuba opens shops to capture hard currencies and boost economy

More than ten shops opened today in Cuba to sell goods in hard currencies, as part of authorities' strategy to capture foreign currencies and contribute to the country's socioeconomic development.

According to official sources, 12 establishments are in Havana and one is in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, although the plan is to open 77 such shops over the next few weeks.

The new shops will sell, at more affordable prices, large-format TV sets, high-standard refrigerators and automatic washing machines, as well as electrical motorcycles and car parts.

In order to acquire those products, buyers have to open US-dollar bank accounts associated to magnetic cards, although they can also make deposits in US dollars, euros, pounds sterling, Canadian dollars, Swiss francs, Mexican pesos, Danish and Norwegian krones, Swedish kronas and Japanese yen.

Metropolitan Bank Vice President Marina Torres explained a few days ago that some 10,000 people have opened bank accounts for that modality and 13% of them made deposits in cash.

The initiative is part of a group of measures announced last month by Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdes to make trade more dynamic and prevent the flight of capital.

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Cuban president pays a visit to industrial park in Belarus

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel paid an official visit to the facilities of the Russian-Belarusian industrial park 'Gran Piedra,' where he spoke for a scientific cooperation in health sector between his country, Belarus and China .

During his visit to the over-100-km facility, Belarusian and Chinese specialists referred to the development stage of engines for Belarusian trucks.

In addition, the Chinese party explained the projects planned to be carried out in a future second stage, such as the development of a research center for high-tech (IT) companies, and underlined the high development and recognition achieved by Cuban medicine.

In this regard, the Chinese representation highlighted China's work and efforts with the state-run company Biocubafarma and invited Cuban companies to participate in the aforementioned industrial park, while highlighting the advantages as China's major consumer.

Shortly after, Diaz-Canel visited one of the facilities of the 'Gran Piedra' industrial park, where Chinese equipment for Belarusian electric buses and other products are also being manufactured.

During his official visit, the Cuban president will hold official talks with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko.

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Cuba, Ireland will strengthen relations, says President Diaz-Canel

The president of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, expressed confidence today that his first official visit to Ireland will help strengthen and expand relations with this European nation.

'We have felt a warm welcome upon our arrival in beautiful Ireland. We are sure that bilateral relations will strengthen and expand,' the president wrote in his Twitter account, @DiazCanelB, shortly after arriving in this capital.

The Head of State was received at the airport tarmac by the local Foreign Ministry's Protocol Director, Emma Madigan, and the official welcome will take place on Monday when he meets his Irish peer, Michael Higgings.

As part of his agenda, Diaz-Canel and his entourage are visiting sites of historical and cultural interest on Sunday.

During his two-day stay in Dublin, the first stopover of a European tour that will also take him to Belarus, Russia and Azerbaijan, the Cuban President will also pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Diaz-Canel is traveling with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Foreign Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, and the director of the European Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Alba Soto.

The Cuban delegation will wind up the European tour in Baku where the President and the accompanying officials will attend the Summit of the Non Aligned Movement.

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Cuba and Mexico ratify their friendship

The governments of Cuba and Mexico ratified on Thursday the will to continue developing political-diplomatic dialogue and to broaden economic-commercial, investment, and cooperation relations.

Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, confirmed this on Twitter, where he commented on the results of the 'cordial meeting' between the president of his country, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and his host Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

López Obrador welcomed the visitor in the Patio of Honor of the National Palace before holding a private meeting.

In his usual morning press conference, Lopez Obrador said that the visit by his Cuban counterpart was important 'because the Cuban people and the Mexican people are brothers'.

Shortly after arriving in the northern nation, Diaz-Canel expressed his joy for 'returning to the much-loved Mexico, a country so closely linked to the history of Cuba and of all Latin America', now as the new president of the Republic, after being elected last October 10.

The Cuban president was back in Havana in the early hours of Friday. He was welcomed at Jose Marti International Airport by Communist Party leder, Raul Castro.

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