Message from the Embassy of Cuba to Amilcar Cabral Ideological School in its 10th Anniversary
- Miriam Morales Palmero, Deputy Head of the Embassy of Cuba
The Embassy of the Republic of Cuba whishes to congratulate Amilcar Cabral Ideological School in its 10th Anniversary and performance due to the name that identifies it. Amilcar Cabral, a historical leader, one of the most outstanding African thinkers and Marxists from the 20th century, who has left internationally a legacy for all generations because of his deep ideals of mankind defense.
The Cuban Revolution maintains invariably the principles of defending the national sovereignty, preserving the successes of the Revolution, such as in: education, public health, social equality and steady employment, most of the time referred just as successes, as well as the Revolutionary ethics, which has included a strong official position against corruption and ostentation.
The Cuban economic policy has focused in the improvement of its currency reserves through the development of new export industries, that decreases the dependence on food and energy importation, the search of new markets and the acquisition of foreign alternative funds, all of them included in the limitations established by the United States’ sanctions. Its relative success, according to the available fund restructuration degree obtained, is attributed to an approach led by the Cuban state.
Since 2008, the economic strategy has been defined like “updating” the model-production diversification, reanimation of the national economy in a decapitalized way and the realignment of prices, exchange rates and incomes.
In the VI Communist Party of Cuba’s Congress held in April, 2011, it was previously discussed in all sectors of the Cuban society a Project called “Politic and Social Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution” which was later published in May, 2011 after being approved by the Congress. Although these guidelines were aimed to lead the policy until 2016, the document was not a five-year plan. As in the Communist Party economic resolution of 1991, it referred to a group of principles and objectives instead of establishing a program of reforms.
The “guidelines” and official speeches make reference to using the “marketing mechanisms”, but this relates as a component of the policy managed by the state, in opposition to the neoliberal tendencies that has settled down strategies in another places. The measures adopted up to now have taken part elements of liberation, including the expansion of the non-state sector, a wider foreign investment, income conceptions for special zones of development and the house and used automobile market deregulation. But instead of giving the control of the economy to the private sector, the government has supported this process with measures aimed to reinforce the state’s supervision.
Together to these events, by the end of June, 2014 a new Foreign Investment Law was established, after years of discussion. As a disappointment for many enemies of the Cuban Revolution, it has implemented adjustments to the taxes and other incentives, and United States’ investors have been invited to operate in Cuba on the base of the central principles, which is that: the Cuban State will supervise and should be sure that every foreign investment will contribute to its objective of development.
In spite of the economical war, Cuba continues fighting to increase the Cuban way of life and maintains a strong will to continue helping other countries. As at today more than 30,000 physicians and other health specialists are working in more than 70 countries all over the world. Cuba closed the first semester of this year with a 4% of economy growing.
I make reference to these aspects because as everybody knows since last December 17, 2014, the governments of Cuba and the United States decided to start negotiating the reestablishment of diplomatic relationships between the two countries. Consequently, both countries’ will of approaching each other has made it possible to establish officially diplomatic relations by next July 20, and to inaugurate the respective embassies in each country.
However, as it was officially declared by the Cuban government on July 1, 2015 and I quote: “The re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies completes the first stage of what will be a long and complex process towards the normalization of bilateral relations, in which it will be necessary to solve a number of issues derived from policies that were implemented in the past that are still in force and affect the Cuban nation and its people.
There could be no normal relations between Cuba and the United States as long as the economic, commercial and financial blockade continues to be fully implemented, causing damage and scarcities to the Cuban people. The blockade is the main obstacle to the development of our economy; it is a violation of International Law and affects the interests of all countries, including those of the United States.
In order to normalize relations, it will also be indispensable for the United States Government to return to Cuba the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base; cease the radio and television broadcasts, which violate international regulations and are harmful to our sovereignty; stop the implementation of programs aimed at promoting internal subversion and destabilization and compensate the Cuban people for all the human and economic damages caused by the United States policies.
As the Cuban Government recalls the issues that are still to be resolved between our two countries, it recognizes the decisions adopted so far by President Obama to remove Cuba from the list of States sponsors of international terrorism; to encourage the Congress of his country to lift the blockade and to begin taking steps to modify the implementation of aspects of this policy by making use of his executive powers”.
We appreciate the Amilcar Cabral Ideological School’s Solidarity and its endless support against the economic, commercial and financial blockade that for more than 50 years the government of the United States has imposed against our country, as well as its prominence in the fight for the Five Cuban anti-terrorists’ freedom, who unfairly were taken into prison in United States jails; and today, thank to the international solidarity and the Cuban people’s tireless struggle, are in our motherland.
Dear comrades: this is not the time to quit mobilization, the Cuban people needs to keep accompanied in the struggles to come, so we are sure we can count on the warm support of all the members of Amilcar Cabral Ideological School.
HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE.