Working differently, because these are different times

Council of Ministers spoke out on issues essential for Cuba.

President Diaz-Canel led a meeting of the Council of Ministers, with the attendance through videoconference of Party and Government authorities from all provinces and the Isle of Youth.


Havana, Cuba. – To “work differently, in line with the times we live in,” convened the President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, who led this week a meeting of the highest governing body that included in his agenda several related issues with the economic life of the nation.

Times are different, “but here the principles, convictions, the will to face everything, the concept of resistance and victory do not change”, the Cuban President remarked, referring to the situation the country faces with the shortage of fuel, caused by the pressure from the current U.S. Administration to prevent ships from arriving at Cuban ports.

Diaz-Canel emphasized the need to work with austerity and savings, as well as to continue to prioritize programs such as food production, housebuilding, exports, computerization of society, tourism, renewable energy sources and transport.

It is true that we have paralyzed a group of activities, others we had to slow them down, “but we have to defend the concept of change of work and not that of interruption”. You can’t demobilize workers when there is so much to sow, support the anti-vector campaign, build houses, beautify places, maintain and prepare conditions for when we regain rhythm.

Diaz-Canel added that future normality will not be the same, because we will continue to demand more saving and more efficient use of resources. In this way, he said, a group of measures implemented this month will be maintained.

Among other topics, the Cuban President said that price increases, hoarding and speculation cannot be allowed. Some alternatives that have been dusted off will be applied, such as having several options for bread cooking in bakeries, animal traction in agriculture and garbage collection, as well as the demand for state vehicle drivers to collaborate with the transport of the population.

“Regardless of these complications, the population has been affected as little as possible. The country has continued to function, we have not had to get to the blackouts and that shows that the people give the best response,” Diaz-Canel concluded.


Taken from the site of the Presidency of Cuba