Raúl presides Eighth Party Congress plenary session

Precisely on the 60th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba begins today, presided by Central Committee First Secretary Army General Raúl Castro Ruz.

With President of the Republic and Political Bureau member Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez on hand, as well, the most important meeting of the party organization, with delegates from across the country, is underway, in strict compliance with sanitary measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Issues of critical importance to the economic, political and social development of the nation will be discussed by during the event, which will continue through Monday, April 19, a memorable date on which Cuba will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the victory at Playa Giron.

Thus begin four days of intense debates and the search for solutions, in accordance with the thinking of the people who inspire and deserve them, with no other commitment than to rise to the occasion, to continue the defense of what has been accomplished and to set foot on the path of more conquests.

Included on the agenda to be considered are the updating of the Conceptualization of the Cuban economic and social model of socialist development; the implementation of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and the Revolution; socio-economic results obtained since the 7th Congress; and the functioning of the Party, its ties with the population, ideological activity and cadre policy.

The gathering has been labeled the Congress of Continuity and will be marked by the legacy of Comandante en jefe Fidel Castro, his thought and the indelible lessons he left Party members; by the commitment of the historic generation that has brought the organization thus far; the defense of the socialist character of the Revolution – proclaimed 60 years ago; and the challenges that the moment poses for the younger generations assuming the leadership of our Communist Party.

source: Granma

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