Raul Castro Attends Party Plenary Session in Havana

Raul Castro stressed that leaders must take training courses on economic subjects, which is crucial for the successful implementation of new economic measures. The First Secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party, Raul Castro addressed a plenary session of the organization on Tuesday, in which he  stressed the need to change the

Raul Castro stressed that leaders must take training courses on economic subjects, which is crucial for the successful implementation of new economic measures.
The First Secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party, Raul Castro addressed a plenary session of the organization on Tuesday, in which he  stressed the need to change the mindset in terms of selecting and preparing young leaders, although he described as positive the advancement of the party in its cadre-preparation policy.

“The party counts on brilliant youths, who must be guided and instilled the knowledge we have acquired through all the years of Revolution,” Raul said as he proposed Bruno Rodriguez, current foreign minister, to be part of the party’s Political Bureau.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Second Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, presented the draft statutes of the organization which stemmed from debates by party members. The document includes modifications aimed at adapting the political work to current realities of the country.

Following the approval of the new statutes, Machado Ventura reported on the work done by the Secretariat and the Central Committee’s organ in charge of controlling the implementation of the economic and social guidelines adopted by the 6th Congress of the Communist Party.

Political Bureau member Marino Murillo, who heads the Permanent Commission in charge of implementing the guidelines reported on the actions taken in this regards.

Raul Castro referred to the need that the leaders take training courses on economic subjects, which is crucial for the successful implementation of new economic measures.

Other speakers at the plenary party meeting were the Economy and Planning minister, Adel Yzquierdo, who reported on the 2012 economic plan and prospects for 2013, and Finance and Price minister Lina Pedraza, who presented the estimated budget for this year and the 2013 draft budget.

The two issues will be analyzed by Cuban deputies on Thursday during the 10th Session of the National Assembly.

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