Cuba Stresses Commitment to Latin American and Caribbean Development

Havana, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel today repeated his country’s commitment to the common struggle for economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

I repeat Cuba’s strong commitment to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), to Latin American and Caribbean integration, to brotherhood and solidarity among our nations, the president said at the official inauguration of the 37th ordinary session of ECLAC that is taking place in Havana until May 11.

Despite the difficulties being faced by Cuba’s economy, particularly due to the stepping up of the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for nearly six decades, we will continue to be focused on the development goals established to preserve, enhance and deepen the achievements made, Díaz-Canel stressed.

We are working on the design of a national economic and social development plan until 2030, whose strategic axes are intertwined with the Sustainable Development Goals, as part of the process to update the economic and social model that started in 2011, the president pointed out.

He also repeated Cuba’s commitment to solidarity with other countries on the basis of mutual respect, unselfish assistance and complementariness.

We have received the pro tempore presidency of ECLAC with a high commitment and aware of the challenges that we are facing, focused on continuing to promote cooperation among the countries of the region.

We will focus our efforts on supporting ECLAC’s vocation to support the search for a fair, equitable and inclusive world, which recognizes people as a central element of sustainable development. We will work hard to promote unity within diversity, the Cuban president noted.

Díaz-Canel also acknowledged the Mexican government’s work during its term as the pro tempore president of ECLAC.

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