Cuba rejects US blockade in forum in St. Petersburg and welcomes Russian cooperation

Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 24 (Radio Cadena Agramonte) – Cuba today highlighted the progress made in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, rejected the U.S. blockade and highlighted the role of Russia in its socio-economic development, in the framework of the International Economic forum in St. Petersburg.

To answer questions at the plenary session on the change in the direction of the island, the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and holder of the Cuban Economy, Ricardo Cabrisas, stressed that his country is still within the same political line since the triumph of the Revolution, in January of 1959.

But he stressed that the economic transformations carried out are based on three pillars. One is the application of economic guidelines that were adopted and modified in the last congress of the Communist Party of Cuba, he said.

In the second place, a process of clarification of the conceptualization of the economic model and thirdly, the implementation of the plan of economic and social development of the country until 2030, he explained, in their comments, during the question and answer session of the Forum.

All this comes at a time when complex. Cuba is subjected, for almost 60 years, to an economic, commercial and financial embargo by the United States and, in addition, we are faced with the impact, as in other countries, the effects of climate change, he said.

In our case, is related to the drought. We also suffer from other natural shocks such as hurricanes, especially last year, with the scourge of “Irma”, which affected 12 Provinces of the country, he said.

But we are in the process of transformation and we work and we have perfected the planning that is the backbone of our system, with a recognition of the role of the market, but without the national economy follow the reins of the market, he said.

On the other hand, we are engaged in the separation of state functions, after a certain level of centralization. What is needed now is its transformation, so that the socialist state company to win independence, underlined the Cuban vice president.

On the other hand, another aspect was to recognize the role of foreign capital in the process of economic and social development, and progress is being made in this direction, in crucial sectors that form the basis of such development, he said.

Our relations with Russia, on the other hand, have been instrumental in that purpose. The Russian companies are present in important sectors of our economy such as energy, transport and industry, he said Cabrisas.

In addition, we promote the participation of the pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology, in which Cuba makes progress in this market, he said.

The Russian Federation and their companies play an important role in Cuba’s economic and social development, reiterated. At other times of the panel, Cabrisas estimated that the world needs peace.

There can be no peace without development and no development without peace. In Cuba, we are in a period of change of generation, but never of policy, which is experiencing a moment of continuity, he said.

As well, the Cuban president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, is a man who represents the continuity, committed to preserve the legacy of Fidel Castro and Raul Castro, and we have no doubt about that, he stressed.

The elections just concluded in Cuba and we base our political process in adherence to the Constitution and in the instruments that govern economic transformations in our country, he stressed.

Cabrisas expressed the rejection of his nation to protectionism, pronounced itself in favor of multilateralism and felt that mutual trust is essential.

I understand that, at the current juncture, the economy determines, above all, when there are policies to meet basic human needs, he said.

We are for equality, for sharing with others not what we have to spare, but what we have, as part of the principle of solidarity practiced by our country, he said. (PL) (Photo: www.granma.cu)

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