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Cuba party congress expected to discuss economic reforms

04-17-2011 09:39 BJT

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Staying in Cuba the country's ruling Communist Party is expected to endorse groundbreaking economic reforms, when it meets for it's first congress in 14 years on Saturday.

The party is also likely to layout a transition plan for possible future leaders.

More than a thousand representatives are expected to attend the sixth congress of Cuba's Communist Party.

The hot topic will be the scope of President Raul Castro's economic reforms.

A series of measures are likely to be adopted, including enlarging the private sector, cutting redundant personnel from state-managed enterprises, and reducing social subsidies.

The measures will be submitted to the congress on Saturday.

If passed, they could set the guidelines for future reforms.

President Castro says the meeting will set the direction for the Cuban economy.

Raul Castro, Cuban President, said, "It's a fact of life that the sixth Congress of the Communist Party will probably be the last to be attended by those who belong to the revolution's historic generation. The time we have left is short, the task is gigantic."

Cuba's media and public are paying great attention to the Congress.

Nearly half the population, especially the younger generation, has participated in a nationwide discussion of economic policy.

Hundreds of thousands of suggestions have been submitted.

Eduardo Diaz Collazo, State Worker, said, "I think young Cubans are preparing to stay on the path that was forged for us by our elders, because we have spent a lot of time under their example. When it is time for us to take charge, I think we'll be ready."

The last congress of Cuba's Communist Party was held in 1997.

It's scheduled to take place every five years.

But the sixth party congress was delayed until now, due to severe economic difficulties in the 1990s.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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