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Cuba’s Army General Raul Castro Ruz Address At The 7th Congress – “Year 58 Of The Revolution”

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Raul Castro: “The Development of the national economy, with the struggle for peace constitutes the mission of the Party”






Address by Army General Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Councils of State and Ministers at the close of the 7th. Party Congress at the Convention Palace, April 19, 2016, “Year 58 of the Revolution”
(Note: Translated from Spanish to English by – errors in translation are present)

Dear Comrade Fidel;


We have had intense days in this the 7th. Congress to conclude agreements in which strategic importance for the present and the future of the nation were adopted.

Congress passed the Central Report and various resolutions on major issues analyzed, reviewed the implementation of the Guidelines for Economic and Social Policy of the Party and the Revolution and its update, expressed in 274 agreed guidelines.

Likewise, the report on the implementation of the objectives of the First National Conference Party and decisions to further strengthen its role as the highest leading force of society and the state, enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic were adopted discussed.

At the same time, Congress welcomed the projects presented on the conceptualisation of the Economic and Social Model and the foundations of the National Plan for Economic and Social Development until 2030, and taking into account its importance approved to initiate a broad and democratic debate on these programmatic documents with the militancy of the Party, the UJC, representatives of mass organizations and various sectors of society. We hope to conclude this process before the end of this year, so that the Central Committee, in correspondence with the authority granted by the Congress, the final approval.

Because of the great complexity of these projects is necessary to take all measures required in the interest of ensuring, first, understanding, which presupposes conduct a rigorous prior preparation of those who conduct their discussion.

In a case of this nature is essential to achieve the conscious support of the vast majority, it is essential to listen, reason and take into account the views of the membership and the people in general.

I think to remember that the process of updating the economic model we started from the 6th. Congress is not a task for one or two year periods. The course is already plotted. We will continue at a steady pace, without haste, but without pause, bearing in mind that the pace will depend on the consensus that we can build into our society and organizational capacity to reach to make the necessary changes without precipitation, much less improvisations we only lead to failure.

Progress towards updating the model and building a prosperous, sustainable and irreversible in Cuba socialism required to be preserved and enhanced the principles of justice and equality that have formed the basis for the Revolution.

A revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble, as defined by comrade Fidel, with an undeniable social work built, never find solution to their problems back to the people, nor the restoration of capitalism, which would lead to the application of shock therapy to the layers of the population with fewer resources and destroy the unity and confidence of the majority of our citizens about the Revolution and the Party. In Cuba, I reiterate once again, no one will be homeless.

Agreements of this historic Congress not be shelved, on the contrary, we must ensure compliance with order, discipline and exigency, farsighted and much intentionality; This will be supported ratifying the decision that the plenary sessions of the Central Committee the progress of updating the economic model and plan the economy, at least twice a year, day and as often as necessary is verified.

We also intend to continue the discussion of these issues at meetings of our Parliament, whose role in the approval of the legislative framework associated with this process will continue to be decisive.

In the morning today was presented the new Central Committee, the Secretariat and the Politburo as an expression of continuity of the gradual process of renewal and rejuvenation undertaken by the 6th. Congress.

By inexorable law of life, this the 7th. Congress will be the last headed by the historical generation, which deliver new pines flags of the Revolution and Socialism (Applause), without the slightest hint of sadness or pessimism, with the pride of accomplishment, convinced that they will know to continue and enhance the revolutionary work by which gave the best energies and life itself several batches of compatriots, as mentioned in the main report, since 1868.

The Central Committee was composed of 142 members, of which more than two thirds were born after the triumph of the Revolution and the average age to 54.5 years reduced lower than in 2011.

At the same time, Congress agreed to keep the party leadership to a small group of veterans of the historic generation with high age and his long revolutionary career in authority to the people.

As explained in the main report the next five years will be decisive to ensure the gradual and orderly transition of the main responsibilities of the country to new generations, a process of special importance we hope execute and conclude with the celebration of the 8th. Congress in 2021.

It remains impressive by the fact that more than 98% of the members of the Central Committee has university level.

The representation of women increased and now reach 44.37% and that of blacks and mestizos, with 35.92%. This result is higher than the previous Congress, but we do not give satisfied; It is imperative that all leaders of the Party, the State and the Government work with consistency in the creation of a reserve of mature substitutes and experienced to assume the main responsibilities of the nation in just correspondence with the composition by skin color and gender of the Cuban population.

The 55 new members of the Central Committee are all under 60, giving effect to the maximum age set by the Congress to enter the upper body of the Party; as we have said, in the mood to always ensure the constant rejuvenation of your address.

The limit of 60 years led to exclude from the application to valuable paintings that occupy high party, state and government responsibilities and proven track record to integrate this superior body capacity.

The rules set the age limits should be established, conracionalidad, in the governing documents of the Party and the mass organizations and the decision of the National Assembly also cover state agencies and the Government, so that they are precisely defined charges whose performance should not be exercised by persons over 70 years.

Congress, at the same time approved use more flexible regulations that will allow transit in this period have reserves for the further renewal of the Central Committee, without waiting to the 8th. Congress.

I consider it necessary also further strengthen the functioning of the various corporate bodies that have both the Party, the State and the Government, so that the main decisions will always be the result of collective analysis, which does not exclude honest discrepancies or different opinions .

The Political Bureau is composed of 17 members. Admitted five new members, companions Nicado Miriam Garcia, Teresa Amarelle Boue and Marta Ayala Avila and fellow Ulises Guilarte Birth and Roberto Morales Ojeda.

There is nothing haphazard or makeshift these promotions.

In the case of Miriam Nicado companion, he is a PhD in Mathematics and holds four years the post of Chancellor of the University of Information Science (UCI). Earlier, at the Central University of Las Villas Marta Abreu, he gave teaching as a professor and gradually ascending to higher responsibilities to teachers rector. He studied five years in the Soviet Union and a year later specialty.

Teresa Amarelle companion is the General Secretary of the National Federation of Women basic Cubanasdesdeelaño2012.Fueprofesoradesecundaria going to perform professional duties in the UJC, where he served as second and first secretary of the municipal committee of that organization in Amancio Rodriguez. Later he promoted in a gradual way in the Party municipality and held the position of First Secretary, after which he was elected paraigualresponsabilidadanivelprovincialenLas Tunas.

In Biological Sciences Dr. Marta Ayala I think it is the youngest, but among women of those things should not talk (laughs) – has developed an upward trajectory at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, which led from the square aspiring researcher, head of laboratory, deputy director until being recently promoted to Deputy General Director of this important scientific center, which has conducted research aimed at creating vaccines for the treatment of cancer. Currently he is a member of the Provincial Committee of the Party in Havana.

Meanwhile, the companion Ulises Guilarte has worked since 2013 as General Secretary of the Workers’ Central Union of Cuba. He has held various responsibilities as a union leader in Cienfuegos and Secretary General of the Union of Construction in Havana. Later he went to work as a professional officer of the Party and acted as deputy head of the Department of Industry and Construction of the Central Committee and was promoted to First Secretary of the Provincial Committee in Havana and then in the emerging and experimental province of Artemisa.

Finally, comrade Roberto Morales has been minister of public health for the past six years. Upon graduation he worked as a doctor of polyclinic in the city of Rhodes, Director of Public Health at that level and later in the province of Cienfuegos. Fuefuncionarioprofesionalaniveldemunicipioyprovincia in the Party and first secretary in Cienfuegos until his appointment to serve on the Secretariat of the Central Committee.

The five new members of the Politburo also have less than 60 years of age, shows what can be all our direction, of humble origin, who worked at the base, who were political leaders at different levels to reach the top leadership of the Party with exquisite and profound experience. Naturally, these same conditions are present in much or most of the rest of the Politburo, although they have not had the same transit methodically as the above señalados.Algunos we develop without race, but the race , as you can see, they accumulated a rich record of service from the base, exercising the professions from which they graduated from college, not as has been done many times, we get a university degree, place it on the wall of the room our residence for display, but have never worked in the specialty. Now that we correct in the past and I think Congress has given good results.

Efforts should be made the base, there can be no preconceived leaders, everyone who graduates at least must work five years in the base in the specialty for which he went to college, and gradually, according to their ability to promote, without ever leaving study, as we always taught Fidel, especially the military; a military need to study the whole life as a professional cadre of the Party, a leader of our state, for one reason or another, in one place or another and not live title hanging on the wall of the room of our homes .

In my case I appreciate the honor that means being elected for the second time, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, with the certainty that my main mission is to defend, preserve and continue perfecting Cuban socialism and not allow never the return to capitalism. 

Within the set of major tasks to my office, I devote the time necessary to the process of reform of the Constitution of the Republic – with a group of fellow something we have advanced or at least exchanged opinions- to introduce the necessary adjustments after 40 year period, in line with the changes in the international and the changes resulting from the process of updating the economic and social model that naturally must be defined first before propose to take it to the new Constitution.

The development of the national economy, with the struggle for peace, unity and ideological firmness, are the main tasks of the Party.

This concept can not be left as a simple sentence, it must fill it with concrete content in actions and measures to enable the vision of a sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation reality.

Before concluding, on behalf of the participants in the Congress and of all Cubans, I wish to convey our support for the brotherly peoples of the Third World, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, which face the claims of right and transnational capital to bury the social achievements of decades of struggle.

We reiterate the solidarity of Cuba with the Brazilian people and the constitutional President Dilma Rousseff, who faces a parliamentary coup organized by oligarchic and neoliberal right heartened by imperialism against the political and economic progress and social gains achieved during the governments the Workers Party.

also reach our fraternal greetings to the communist parties and other forces and political parties, movimientossociales and working classes planet fighting against imperialist hegemony, determined to reach an inclusive social justice and convinced that a better world is possible.

Affirm our full support to the Ecuadorian people, President Rafael Correa and the government of the Citizen Revolution in these painful circumstances. Our team of rescuers and medical personnel sent reinforcement Sunday itself and have joined more than 700 employees working in that sister country in the work of care to the affected population.

We will remain in communication with the Ecuadorian authorities willing to increase our support in every possible way.

Do not forget that today April 19 the 55th anniversary of the victory over the mercenary invasion at Playa Giron is commemorated under the direct leadership in the theater of operations leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz (Applause), who it has been kept abreast of all the development of this event.

We pay tribute to the fallen in this historic feat, like all those who gave their lives in defense of the homeland, the Revolution and Socialism.

Few days separate us 1st. May, International Workers’ Day, an occasion that will serve to show the world, with the enthusiastic and massive participation of compatriots throughout the country, unity and support for the resolutions adopted by this Congress and the socialist path and independent of the country.

Finally, we thank wholeheartedly to Fidel for the effort they made and satisfaction with which he read his brilliant words before us.

Thank you very much to all.

{Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba – Press Office}

[Photo credits-featured image: Sunset on the Malecon in Havana, photo taken by Yenisleidy Llorente Cabrera. View to the west of Havana in Havana’s Malecon, Havana Center area – By Yoeztudioz – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,]

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