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Machado Ventura praises sugar harvest progress at Mayabeque mill
During a meeting with directors and workers at the Boris Luis Santa Coloma mill, José Ramón Machado Ventura praises progress made in the sugar harvest in Mayabeque

Using the sun's energy
PINAR DEL RÍO.— The panels set to provide the first megawatts (MW) from the solar farm which has been under construction for the past few months in Vueltabajo are already installed and in the final preparation phase before their integration into the Cuban National Electric System (SEN).

XIII Alba-TCP Summit
Strengthening our unity
Heads of state and government, meeting in Havana Sunday, December 14, reaffirmed the principles of solidarity, genuine cooperation and complementarity shared by the countries which comprise the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP).

The digitalization of society, a priority for Cuba
Efforts to advance Cuba’s connectivity have been directed toward the development of telecommunications infrastructure capacity, with the purpose of strengthening social connectivity, and developing automated operations in strategic sectors.

May nothing, no one, derail our progress toward integration
Cuban President Army General Raúl Castro Ruz opened the XIII Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Agreement (Alba-TCP), this morning December 14, and called for strengthening regional unity.
Alba Summit in Cuba condemns U.S. sanctions of Venezuela
Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis - New members of Alba-TCP
- ALBA to celebrate 20th anniversary in Havana

Another USAID covert plan exposed
According to an investigation by the Associated Press, the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, attempted to infiltrate the Cuban hip-hop movement as part of a covert project to destabilize the country.

Cuban Interests Section in Washington issues press release
The Cuban Interests Section in Washington would like to inform users that our Consular Office, despite efforts made since February 2014, has not yet been able to identify a U.S. banking institution, one from another country established in the

Raúl receives Bahamian Prime Minister
President Raúl Castro Ruz received, on Tuesday December 9, the Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, who is making an official visit to the country, following the Fifth Carisom-Cuba Summit.

Toward the indispensable political, economic and social integration of Latin America and the Caribbean
Key remarks by President Raúl Castro opening the Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Havana, December 8, 2014

Caricom-Cuba Summit Begins
The 5th Caricom-Cuba Summit began today, December 8, in Havana’s Palacio de la Revolución, with the purpose of strengthening relations, and reviewing cooperation agreements between the 14 Caribbean countries and Cuba.

Raúl and Prime Minister of Barbados hold official talks
Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, held official talks, on Sunday December 7, with the Honorable Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, who is visiting the country as the head of the Barbados delegation to the 5th CARICOM-Cuba Summit.

Machado Ventura receives FLMN leader from El Salvador
José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee, received on the morning of December 4, the general secretary of El Salvador’s Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), Medardo González Trejo, who is leading a delegation visiting Cuba on the invitation of the PCC.

Medical professionals honored
This December 3, celebrated in Cuba as Latin American Medicine Day, provided an opportunity to recognize those who, with disinterested humility, “struggle every day for the lives of our people and in other sister countries,” in the words read by Dr. Luis Curbelo Alfonso...

Raúl receives President of Congo
Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers, yesterday afternoon, December 2, received the Honorable Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo, who is making an official visit to Cuba.

Champions welcomed home
Yesterday evening, December 1, Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz welcomed the last group of athletes, coaches, referees, medical personnel and other authorities returning from the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, Veracruz 2014.

Students killed in independence struggle honored
They are young; they are students. They marched to remember eight students, much like themselves, who were summarily shot for their love of the country.

New York Times journalist visits Granma
I admit that, given my usual daily rush, I had thought better of writing about the visit to Granma’s offices by Ernesto Londoño, a member of the New York Times’ editorial board, leaving the job to someone else among the many who conversed with him. Nonetheless, so many people were asking about it, after seeing his Twitter posts, I decided to make an attempt to summarize the main topics we discussed, over the course of two hours.

Díaz-Canel receives Spanish Foreign Minister
First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, received, yesterday November 25, the Honorable José Manuel García-Margallo y Marfil, minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for Spain, who is making an official visit to Cuba.

Vice President Díaz-Canel receives Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau
First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez received, on the morning of November 24, the prime minister of Guinea Bissau, the Honorable Domingos Simoes Pereira, who is making an official visit to the country. Accompanying the prime minister were Mario Lopes da Rosa...

Cuba: “Zero Tolerance” to injustice
or the Cuban State and civil society, crimes related to people trafficking and other forms of sexual abuse are of maximum priority, and confronted with policy of “Zero Tolerance,” according to the second report presented on November 18, on the legal actions and structures to combat these phenomena, published on the Ministry of Foreign Relations official website, Cubaminrex.

A dialogue for unity
Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers and a member of the Party Central Committee Political Bureau, on the 30th anniversary of the first meeting between Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro...

Cuba calls for sustained development support in Africa
UNITED NATIONS.— On November 13, before the UN General Assembly, Cuba stated that in addition to aid to combat the Ebola epidemic, Africa needs systematic developmental support.

For a healthier quality of life
Psychology is an integral part of the Cuban healthcare system, which has as a fundamental pillar primary care, provided by the community doctor and nurse. Prioritized, therefore, is the impact of their work, which includes the promotion and protection of health, combined with prevention and treatment of illnesses, in addition to psychological rehabilitation of patients.

Cuba’s demographic indicators comparable to those of developed countries
CIENFUEGOS.— Demographic analyses carried out in Cuba show indicators comparable to those of developed countries, an achievement which does represent an additional challenge for the updating of Cuba’s economic model.

Repairs on Turiguanó-Cayo Coco Causeway advance
JARDINES DEL REY, Ciego de Ávila.—More than half of the bridges making up the Turiguanó-Cayo Coco causeway, which connects the island of Cuba with the northern cays of Ciego de Avila, has undergone major repairs during the last five years, as part of significant investment across these islets.

Vice President Díaz-Canel bids farewell to Cuban athletes departing for Central American Games
Determined to do their best in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, the last delegation of Cuban athletes departed today for the event, where Cuba will participate in 34 of the 46 disciplines for which competitions have been organized.

Díaz-Canel highlights the role of the teacher in forming social values
SANTA CLARA.— Educators are called upon to play a vital role in the restoration and formation of values, which in the future will contribute to the creation of the “educated and well-informed society we dream of for our children,” stated Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez...

Returning to Cabaiguán’s heyday of Base Oil production
CABAIGUÁN, Sancti Spíritus.—The until very recently dilapidated image of the Sancti Spíritus base oil plant, has been completely transformed following repair works carried out at this installation, belonging to the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem)..

FIHAV 2014
Building bridges between Cuba and the world
The recently concluded 32nd edition of the Havana International Trade Fair was one of the most productive, in terms of concretizing new projects, which should contribute to the dynamism of Cuba’s economy, according to organizers.

Life saving experiences
Cuba’s experiences in the protection of human lives and economic resources are shared with other Caribbean nations through methodological advice, stated Idalmis Saura Hernández, project coordinator for the Area of Risks and Disasters of the UN Development Program (PNUD).

Machado Ventura receives Vietnamese delegation
José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and a vice president of the Councils of Ministers and State, received Tran Quoc Vuong, member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam and head of the General Office of the party’s Central Committee, on an official visit to the island on the invitation of the PCC.

Opening the way to modernization November.11.2014

Efficient energy generation is one of the motors driving structural changes in the Cuban economy, with the implementation of the Guidelines approved at the Sixth Party Congress.

High hopes for citrus: Notable yields in new groves
TORRIENTE, Jagüey Grande.— The planting of 550 hectares of citrus fruit this year reinforces the aims of Matanzas growers to gradually restore the once abundant groves of this vast area, most of which are 30 to 40 years old, with all having suffered the effects of the disease known as Huanglongbing (HLB).

First international course on Ebola begins in Havana
The Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine opened its doors Monday, November 10, to more than 100 medical professionals participating in the first international course on treatment and prevention of Ebola, which will continue through the week.

For the 7th consecutive year: Varadero welcomes one million tourists
VARADERO.—For the seventh consecutive year, this famed Matanzas seaside resort welcomed 1 million tourists, from every corner of the world, reinforcing its position as a top tourist destination.

Cuba’s maternal-infant program wins praise
Argentine Dr. Augusto Sola, president of the Iberoamerican Neonatology Society emphasized the advances Cuba has made in this field, fundamentally with its genetic and prenatal programs, on November 7, during the closing session of the professional organization’s gathering in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos, 250 kilometers southeast of Havana.

Promoting production and services
The thirty-second edition of the Havana International Fair (FIHAV 2014) has shown positive results, evidenced by further technological development and the higher quality products exhibited, stated Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz...

Cuban educators prepare for Pedagogy 2015 international conference
Preparations for Pedagogy 2015 are underway, reported Aida Terrero Lafita PhD, international relations director for the Ministry of Education (Mined), during a press conference.

New advances in cancer immunotherapy presented in world forum
Renowned experts from 15 countries, including Nobel Prize winners for Physics, Biochemistry and Mathematics, will present the latest advances in cancer immunotherapy research, during an event which will take place in the capital November 10-15.

Reducing imports a priority for Cuban agriculture
Integrated projects to generate productive chains and replace imports are being promoted to foreign investors at the International Trade Fair underway in Havana (FIHAV 2014) by Cuba’s food processing, forestry...

Open Doors... the University of Havana invites prospective students to explore its courses
November 15 through December 13, the University of Havana (UH), will invite students from middle and high schools to join the Open Doors program, AIN reported.

FIHAV 2014
Cuban industry seeking foreign investment to support modernization
Foreign investment opportunities, featured Wednesday at the Havana International Trade Fair, included projects in the steel, chemical, electronic and light industries, attracting the attention of businesspeople in attendance.

Cuba’s energy and mining sectors seek investors
During FIHAV 2014’s third day, featured was a presentation by Cuba’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) describing projects open to foreign investment, developed by state enterprises including Cuba Petróleo, Geominsal, Cubaníquel and Unión Eléctrica, responsible for the country’s oil, mining, and...

New fruit cooperatives plan to develop some 53 species
101 of the new fruit cooperatives set up in the country - located in 96 municipalities - plan to cultivate some 53 different species of fruit, based on the climatic conditions and traditions of each area.

Díaz-Canel receives Vice President of El Salvador
On October 4, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, held official conversation with compañero Oscar Samuel Ortiz, Vice President of the Republic of El Salvador, on an official visit to Cuba.

FIHAV 2014: An ideal opportunity to strengthen commercial ties with Cuba
Given the important role of foreign capital in the socio-economic development of Cuba, the 32nd Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2014) has become the ideal place to promote the country’s principal projects open to international investors.

FIHAV 2014
Cuba presents over 200 projects as part of its investment portfolio
An important tool for attracting investors, was how the Minister for Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, described the broad and diverse portfolio of business opportunities presented as part of FIHAV 2014, with 246 projects valued at approximately 8.7 billion dollars.

U.S. religious leaders call for change
It is due to the shared values of our faiths that we ask that the families of Alan Gross and of the three Decorated Heroes of the Republic of Cuba be reunited, stated Reverend John McCullough, President and executive director of the Church World Service leading the U.S. delegation on a visit to Cuba from November 2-5.

FIHAV 2014
International investors show interest in Mariel Special Development Zone
Work on the first investment projects approved for the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) will begin within the next few months, reported Ana Teresa Igarza Martínez, general director of the ZEDM support office...

Cuba and Uruguay seek to expand economic and trade links
Cuba and Uruguay are looking to expand and strengthen economic and commercial relations, stated Uruguay’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luís Almagro...

Algeria and Cuba strengthen their fraternal ties
Cuba’s  solidarity with the people of Africa, and in particular Algeria, marked the speech given by the Ambassador of this Arab nation, Abdullah Laouari, during a ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the country’s independence struggle.

Better prepared to confront Ebola

October 29-30, some 278 specialists and authorities from 34 countries met in Havana to discuss technical issues related to the prevention and treatment of Ebola.

German airline Condor inaugurates new direct flight to Varadero
The German airline, Condor, has increased its frequency of flights to Cuba, with a new weekly flight from the Cologne Bonn Airport direct to Varadero, Matanzas, commencing November 4, according to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism.

Diaz-Canel meets with Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister
HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 3 (acn) First Vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers Miguel Diaz-Canel, met on Monday morning with Paulo Portas, deputy prime minister of the Portuguese Republic, who is on an official visit to Cuba...

Cuba presents portfolio of foreign investment opportunities
Around 264 projects worth a possible 8.7 billion dollars make up Cuba’s portfolio of foreign investment opportunities, currently being presented at the Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2014).

Science that touches the earth
SAN JOSÉ DE LAS LAJAS, Mayabeque.— The National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (INCA) serves the function set by its founder, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, as a center at the service of Cuban agriculture.

Valuable documents from the National Archives restored
Specialists from the National Archives of the Republic of Cuba recently completed the restoration of the Máximo Gómez Documents Collection, in particular the correspondence from the General in Chief of the Liberation Army during the wars of independence and up until his death.

Calcium carbonate: A multi-functional mineral
Cuba currently has sufficient reserves of calcium carbonate to meet the demands of the domestic industry for this non-metallic mineral, according to the engineer, Oscar Infante Naples, senior specialist of the GEOMINSAL Group, attached to the Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Preparation and careful adherence to safe practices: Two crucial variables
Conscious, safe practice can become synonymous with efficiency when facing the risk of one of the most serious health emergencies of recent times – the spreading of Ebola to other regions of the world.

Notable environmental impact of new coffee processing plant

MANICARAGUA, Jibacoa. – A modern and completely ecological coffee processing plant has been inaugurated in the mountains of Guamuhaya, offering the possibility of a better quality product, as well as ensuring protection of the environment in the area of Jibacoa.

FIHAV 2014
The largest Trade Fair in over a decade
This edition of the Havana International Trade Fair (FIHAV 2014) is the largest in 12 years, commented Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Cuba’s minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, during the opening of the event in Havana’s Expocuba exhibition center.

Díaz-Canel receives President of the Republic of Tatarstan
On the morning of November 2, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, received the honorable Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, on an official visit to the country.


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