Havana, Cuba_ In the middle of the Plan of Economic and Social Development for Cuba until 2030, analyzed by one of the committees of the Seventh Congress of Party is to unleashing the human potential formed by the Revolution, increase the rights won for more than half a century and achieve higher standards of quality of life in the population, the digital site of Granma newspaper publishes.

Esteban Lazo Hernandez, president of the commission and member of the Political Bureau, stressed the importance of the issue discussed by more than 150 delegates and about thirty guests from all provinces of the country.

"We are looking at the future, where we are going, the document we are discussing will remain as a guide that the historic generation of the Revolution leaves to the new generations and their fulfillment will ensure the achievement of a sovereign, independent, socialist, prosperous and sustainable nation", Lazo explained.

Lazo was confident that the final text will reaffirm the principle that human beings and their welfare are the goal of the revolutionary work.

"While the initial goal was to reach the congress with all stages of the development plan concluded, what is being presented is only the first part, consisting of the proposed vision of the nation, the axes and strategic sectors", Lazo said.

Carlos Perez Soto, official of the Ministry of Economy and Planning, talked about the different steps taken to reach the text under debate by the delegates

He explained that a consultation process was carried out during the last months through the country which has resulted in more than two hundred specific proposals; the majority of them have been included into the plan.

"It is practically a new document, there is no a page that has not changed," Lazo said.

Pérez Soto explained that most of the proposals referred to the axis of human development, as a sign of what the aspects that most concern us, are and what distinguishes us internationally.

The migration problems, the work with youth and the role of the media were also widely discussed.

Pérez Soto made a detailed review of the document and made particular emphazis in the previous proposals that were not approved.

Abel González, delegate for Cienfuegos, said this Commission demanded a great effort, to visualize the country we want, a model of society that will not fall from the air, a society we have to build together.

Lopez mentioned the example of renewable energy and how it was established that the main source of funding is in the external sector, both foreign investment and international loans.

One of the issues that raised the debate among delegates was the weight of Socialist for the vision of a sovereign, independent, socialist, prosperous and sustainable nation, to a proposal from Villa Clara to place it in the first place.

Esteban Lazo said that it was respected the historical criterion of first fighting for sovereignty and independence without implying in any way a decline in the importance of socialism.

The delegate from Holguín, Rogelio Polanco, proposed to introduce the concept, defense of our socialist democracy among the guiding principles of the plan, replacing a sentence referring to effective and increasing participation of society in decision making.

“We have to reject any attempt to snatch the term of democracy, because our socialist democracy is unique, authentic and original, which has allowed us to get here," Polanco said.

Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera, member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, said he shared the concepts defended by Polanco, but drew attention about an international tendency that attempts to place the concept of democracy together with socialism, but assuming the liberal democratic model mainly that of Washington.

Polanco, after hearing the views of other delegates and sharing the ideas given, decided to withdraw its proposal.

The intervention of Felix Duarte, delegate of the province of Ciego de Avila, on the need to incorporate the concept of cyber security on the guiding principle that addresses the System of Defense and Homeland Security raised an opinion of Ramón Labañino, Hero of the Republic from Cuba, attending the meeting as one of the invitees.

Labañino said that the concept of system included various factors, like the case of cyber security.

He emphasized the importance of this issue, especially after the restoration of diplomatic relations with the United States and the siren song calling for demobilization.

The country's security has a priority order and we must always be prepared as long as US imperialism exists, Labañino said.

Alcides Labrada, delegate for Mayabeque, defended the position of clarifying the wording of point 31, referring to encourage the development and expansion of the internal market, to ensure that the demand boost the domestic production to respond to the diversified consumption of the companies and the population with the required quality.

Carlos Pérez Soto explained that one of the fundamental objectives of that section was to highlight the importance of the domestic market in the conditions of Cuba.

"There is no contradiction between planning, supply and demand. We need to create an internal market that reproduces the socialist values, "Pérez Soto said.

Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes, member of the Politburo, defended the idea of placing the industry as one of the strategic elements to achieve productive linkages.

He said that imports cannot be the basis for achieving the goals set in the plan and that it was necessary to articulate a national production that meets those needs.

He addressed the situation in the construction sector and the deteriorating housing stock in Cuba.

He said it is necessary to build one million houses to meet the deficit and an annual plan to reverse the current rate of deterioration.

He explained that the key is set in the self-made constructions and at territorial level.

As for the national level, he explained that the aim was to direct resources to support the local industry and incorporate new technologies to increase the productivity of individual efforts.

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