The celebration in Havana of the Cuban Communist Party’s (PCC) seventh Congress ratified the country’s determination to build a prosperous, sustainable and irreversible socialism that preserves and fosters the principles of justice and equity on the island.
So it was reiterated by the first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, Raúl Castro, on the closing day of the event held at Havana’s Convention Center from April 16 to 19. A revolution with an undeniable social objective will never find solutions to its problems by turning its back on the people or reestablishing capitalism, he noted.
“I must once again make it clear that in Cuba no one will ever be unemployed,” Raúl Castro highlighted when addressing over 1,200 delegates and guests who discussed important documents during the congress.
The Cuban president also stressed that the development of the national economy, the battle for peace, unity and ideological strength are the PCC’s main objectives.
“This concept cannot be a mere phrase; it is necessary that it has a concrete meaning with actions and measures that allow the vision of an independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable country to be made a reality,” the Cuban president said after he was reelected as First Secretary of the PCC.
THE CUBAN DEVELOPMENT MODEL AND PLAN
The PCC Congress gladly welcomed two projects discussed by the labor commissions: one on the conceptualization of the Cuban economic and social model and the other on the basis of the national development plan until 2030.
The first one summarizes the principles of Cuban socialism, based on dignity, equality and the people’s basic rights, while establishing that this model can be consolidated and developed only by preserving these principles and increasing productivity.
The development plan through 2030 has been designed in a comprehensive, coherent way focused on (the country’s) development and on solving the structural imbalances in the economy with a strategic and consensual vision in the mid and long-terms.
As approved by the nearly 1000 delegates at the Congress, this project is the main tool for attaining the objectives contained in the document on the conceptualization of the model, which will be the leading document of the Cuban planning system.
Given the importance of these documents, the PCC Congress agreed to open a large and democratic debate that involves the PCC leadership, the Young Communist League, and representatives from grassroots organizations and different sectors of the Cuban society.
Raúl Castro said they hope this process will be concluded before the year 2016 closes, so that the documents can finally be approved by the PCC Central Committee as agreed by the Congress.
Similarly, the delegates approved the report on the progress of the Cuban economy in the 2011-2015 period, analyzed the results of the implementation of the guidelines for the socioeconomic policy, and had them updated for the 2016-2021 term.
THE EMOTIVE PRESENCE OF FIDEL CASTRO
After three days of intense work, the delegates and guests met on the last day of the congress to meet the members of the Central Committee, the Political Bureau, the Secretariat and the First and Second Secretaries of the PCC, as well as to hear the closing remarks.
But before all that happened, the participants were overwhelmed by emotion as the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, entered the room, welcomed by standing ovations and cheers.
“The time will come for everyone, but the ideas of the Cuban communists will live on to prove that when one works
fervently and with dignity on this planet, it is possible to produce the material and cultural goods that we human beings need, and we must fight tirelessly to have them,” the Cuban leader said as he was heavily applauded.
We will set course and improve what needs to be improved, he said after telling the Latin American brothers and the world that the Cuban people shall be victorious.
His presence in the congress was for many of the participants the best way to close an event that he rated as historic, because the agreements reached there will set the future course of the country.Share on FB Share on TT