Between April 16 and 18 this year, the Cuban Communist Party, engrossed in the ongoing update of the social and economic model, will hold its VII Congress, the objective of which is to perfect socialism.
Following an extensive popular consultation process, the one thousand delegates elected this time around will evaluate the implementation of the Economic and Social Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution, approved at the First Conference of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC in Spanish) five years ago.
The last Congress, held in 2011, adopted measures to guarantee the deepening, sustainability and prosperity of the system for development chosen by Cubans more than fifty years ago.
Although every economic and social sector - including the non-state ones – will be represented, on this occasion delegates for agriculture will account for a majority of the thousand participating.
Indeed, the essential requisites of the selection process ensure that all the country’s communist activists are represented and that participation increasingly reflects the respective areas of origin.
Since March 1, delegates have organized meetings to consult documents which will be taken into consideration and approved at the Party’s congress held at the Havana Convention Center.
National People’s Power Assembly (Parliament) deputies, union leaders, young people, representatives of social and mass organizations, and leaders of administrative and other institutions will participate in these debates.
In June 2015, all PCC groups began to nominate delegate candidates and it is from within these same structures that propositions were first conceived.
Later, Municipal Committees took the responsibility of selecting an Electoral Commission to consider those nominated and to seek the views of their co-workers.
As a result of this process, 43.2% of those who will participate are women, 84% of whom are university graduates. Their average age is 48 and 55 of them are less than 35 years old.
This selection phase followed workplace meetings and municipal, district and provincial Party structured elections between September and December of last year.
With the participation of 1,500,000 people, not all of whom were Party activists, a general evaluation of the compliance with the Guidelines and the objectives approved at the PCC’s First Conference was made at these meetings.
They also looked at work with the younger generation and the confrontation of manifestations of subversion and other negative tendencies such as corruption, illegalities and social indiscipline.
The examination of these issues, with a focus on the responsibility of the Party, will undoubtedly form part of the forthcoming Congress.Share on FB Share on TT