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Massive debates launched in Cuba on economic reforms

12-02-2010 11:20 BJT

HAVANA, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Cuba began on Wednesday massive national debates on the economic reforms undertaken by the government of Cuban Leader Raul Castro.

Those debates are the preparatory steps for the 6th Congress of the Communist Party to be held in April.

From Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, the new measures to "upgrade" the socialist economic model will be discussed in every nucleus of the Communist Party (CCP), the unions of the state companies and all the communities across the island state.

The CCP called on Wednesday all Cubans to participate in the discussion process and to "express their point of view, without hindrance."

"The future of the nation is at stake," the CCP warned in an editorial published by its official daily Granma.

The CCP will hold its 6th congress in April next year, the only issue to be discussed will be the new plan of economic measures, with which the Cuban government seeks to overcome the serious crisis affecting the country.

The island is suffering a severe financial crisis, an imbalance between salary and production efficiency, and a deficit of staff in some sectors but a redundancy in others, according to official figures.

The CCP congress seeks to strengthen the economic changes initiated by Castro, while proclaiming that socialism will be kept as the current social and economic model in the country.

"The economic policy in the new stage will correspond to the principle that only socialism can overcome the difficulties and to preserve the conquests of the revolution," the CCP said, adding that "the updating of the economic model will be based on planning and not on the market."

The congress will be held at the time the government is implementing a plan to eliminate more than 500,000 jobs in the bloated state sectors and allow Cubans to start small businesses in 178 different professions.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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