Monday, April 18, 2011

Cubans echo Castro's call

2011-04-18 11:09:08

BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Delegates attending the sixth national congress of Cuba's Communist Party have been exchanging views on reform proposals to revive the country's economy.

These proposals will be carried out in five years to decentralize Cuba's economic system. The discussions in Havana come as the island nation's congress entered its second day in Havana.

Economic development is the focus of the talks at the national congress of Cuba's Communist Party, with policies on investment, innovation, technology and environment being proposed.

But one of the most debated issues among delegates is the abolishment of rations.

Raul Castro has said his country will filter out the system as part of his proposed five-year plan.

The senior leader is also proposing to limit the terms of office for senior government officials and party leaders to a maximum of 10 consecutive years.

Havana residents welcome the term limit.

Rene Morales, Havana resident, said, "This proposition doesn't seem like a bad idea to me, but we need to see how it will be done. I think we should maintain the basis of the Socialist system, the basis of social equality, and respect for our Socialist constitution."

A resident said, Daysi Gomez said, "I'm with Fidel until the death and I do not want to lose the achievements of the Revolution, not even a little bit."

Rejuvenating the economy is as important as strengthening the government.

Raul Castro has said Cubans will be allowed to buy and sell cars as well as real estate, with related regulations in the making.

Also being drafted are measures for the private sector and bank loans.

Last September, the government announced a plan to lay off more than half of a million state workers as part of an initiative to boost the island's economy, with a quarter of a million new licenses issued for family businesses. It has also loosened rules for self-employment and farmers can now sell produce directly to consumers.


Editor: Chen Zhi

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