Raul Castro Announces PCC Congress for April 2011 Print

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 8 (acn) Cuban President Raul Castro announced this Monday that the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party (PCC) will be held in the second fortnight of April 2011.

Raul spoke at the central ceremony, attended by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, on the occasion of the 10 anniversary of the signing of the Cuba-Venezuela Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement.

The greatest event of the Cuban communists will be held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the victory of Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) and the proclamation of the socialist character of the Cuban revolution.

The Cuban president said the Congress will focus on the solutions to the economic problems, the updating of the Cuban socialist model, and will set the guidelines for the economic and social lives of the PCC and the Revolution.

It will be a Congress of all the militants and all the people which will participate in the main decisions of the Revolution, he said.

The project of the guidelines for the economic policy, to be discussed in the PCC Congress, will be debated in seminars for the party cadres starting in the second fortnight of this month.

Raul added that starting December 1 through February 28, the project will be discussed in all the Party grassroots organizations and among the population and workers.

He stressed that the economic battle is today, more than ever, the main task and the center of the ideological work of the cadres, because the system´s preservation depends on it.

Cuba will give priority to its participation in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which requires coordination and economic complementation in short, medium and long terms to achieve its goals.

The Cuban president said Cuba and Venezuela are heading to the economic union under a new kind of relationships that will enable rationality in the joint projects and which is an important step towards the true independence.

This relation has been strengthened in the last 10 years and will continue doing it, taking into account the strategic planning of both countries, he said.

Raul announced that the first copy of the project of the guidelines for the economic policy was given to Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro and the second to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Translated by Granma International