HAVANA.- Cuban members of parliament reaffirmed in their most recent session of July, the solidary principles that the island holds with the poorest towns in the world, and they analyzed the progress of the economy, among other matters of national importance.
From July 11 until July 15, the members of parliament participated in the V Regular Session of the VIII Legislation of the National Assembly of the People’s Power (Parliament).
During three days of work in commission, they debated themes relevant to the nation, referring to areas of health, education, culture, sport, economy, legal matters, international relations, young people and gender equality, among others.
During the closure, carried out in the plenary session, the members of parliament approved the work reports of 10 permanent commissions and the reference to the liquidation of the State Budget of 2014 as a declaration of backup for the National Assembly and for the Ecuadorian Government faced with the obligarchy’s attempts to destabilize the country.
In summary, in this V Regular Session, the Cuban President, Raúl Castro highlighted that during the first semester of 2015, the country managed to revert the tendency of deceleration of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the preceding period, and he emphasized that from January to July this year, the national economy grew by 4.7%.
It made progress, which is considered to conclude the year with an increase of GPB of around 4%, which qualifies as being very good taking into account that last year it only grew by 1%.
However, he warned, ‘in order to achieve this anticipated increase, hard work and a lot of discipline is required.
Similarly, he pointed out that despite confronting severe external financial restrictions during the semester, Cuba continued to rigorously fulfill its agreements to pay foreign creditors and providers, a practice which in a gradual manner favors the credibility in the economy, although, he noted, the Northamerican blockade against Cuba continues to be in effect.
He spoke of diverse transformations in the process of economic planning in accordance with the perfection of the managerial system as part of the process of updating from the Cuban socialist model.
“We will continue with the process of transformations in the Cuban society at our own pace which we have supremely decided with the majority support of the people, in areas of the construction of a prosperous and sustainable socialism, the essential guarantee of our independence’, affirmed the President.
The process of the reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States was also addressed by the members of parliament. On that subject, Raúl Castro assured that with the official reestablishment on July 20 of the diplomatic links between Havana and Washington, ‘it is about founding a new type of link between both states, different to those of all of our common history”.
However, he maintained that it is not possible to conceive normal relations between Cuba and the United States whilst the economic blockade put in place on the island by Washington remains upheld.
Likewise, he mentioned that there are other matters concerning achieving normalization of the bilateral links like the return of the territory illegally occupied by the Naval Base in Guantanamo, the ceasing of the radio and television transmissions against the island, and the compensation for the Cuban people for the human and economic damage provoked by the politics of Washington.
After waiting for the Northamerican President, Barack Obama, to continue using his executive faculties to dismantle the aspects of the blockade that cause harm and deprivation among the Cuban people, Raúl Castro expressed the willingness of the Cuban government to advance in the normalization of the relations, convinced that both countries can cooperate and coexist in a civil manner, in mutual benefit, rising above the differences.
The Cuban President also said that Cuba is ready to receive the Pope Francis next September.Share on FB Share on TT