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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Cuba: Towards a More Responsible and Efficient Economy
By Raysa Mestril Gutiérrez/ Radio Cadena Agramonte.
Cuba's GDP growth by 2.1 in the year that is coming to its end marks an acceptable performance, as rightly said Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz in his speech closing out a meeting of the National Assembly of People's Power.
Amid the unstable global situation aggravated by the world economic and financial crisis, the U.S. blockade and the effects of the climate change, Cuba will manage to increase its economy due to measures adopted over the last moths. Consequently, the island nation will show a favourable relation of the average nominal wage and the labour productivity, which for a long time didn’t exist.
In addition, some progress has been made in renegotiating the debt with our principal creditors, thanks to the seriousness of the commitments of the Cuban State and of the trust of our creditors in our country.
It then clearly demonstrates that the provisions laid down on the fulfilment of the plans, the saving of resources, the quality of our products and especially the demands of the cadres in each action are the most effective arms to take our economy to a safe harbour.
All the abovementioned shows us, as said the Cuban President that the plan and the budgets are sacred, they exist to be observed and we have to draft them based on our experience, on what we have and it is important to listen to the workers’ criteria, for they are responsible for executing these plans.
During 2010, there was a better handling of resources, but we still have discipline problems and although there’s progress in the trade balance, we are not efficient enough saving energy and demanding discipline.
The farming sector and the sugar cane and nickel production were taken as examples. The prices of both increased notably in the world market, but we could not take advantage of them, for we were not prepared appropriately to boost production.
Because of the measures adopted in the country and others that must be implemented in the coming year, the GDP has to increase by 3 percent in 2011, being efficiency and planning the mainstays of the Cuban economy.
Today requirements are greater. This was clearly said in the Cuban Parliament. So, everyone must internalise the fact that meeting the plans is inviolable and the reshuffling at work is necessary.
This is the only way we have to reaffirm ourselves as a Socialist nation, motivated and ready, on the verge of an already historical 6th Congress of the Cuba's Communist Party (PCC). (Translated by Gualveris Rosales Sanchez)