HAVANA – Next month’s seventh congress of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party will focus on the continuity of the economic reforms to update the island’s socialist model approved at the 2011 congress, official party daily Granma said Monday.
The April 16-19 event “will enable the road to travel to be delineated, with much greater exactitude, so that our nation, sovereign and truly independent since the triumph of Jan. 1, 1959, can build a prosperous and sustainable socialism,” said the daily.
At this new conclave, 1,000 delegates elected by party members will debate several documents: one concerning the country’s economic situation from 2011-2015, another on carrying out the reforms and a third on the reform plan for the 2016-2021 period.
In addition, delegates will analyze a fourth document with “much theoretical importance” providing a conceptualization of the Cuban economic and social model of socialist development, as well as the economic and social development program through 2030.
These last two documents, Granma said, “focus on the country that we want: they constitute the expression of the nation’s economic and social strategy, the tactics to reach it being precisely its distinguishing features and implementation.”
“Its foundation is in the contents of the elements approved by the Sixth Congress and reflect their continuity and development,” and they “mean nothing other than another step up on the road already embarked upon.”
Some hope that the party congress will include discussion of how to transfer power, given that Raul Castro is scheduled to leave the presidency in 2018, although the Granma article did not mention that subject at all.
The Sixth Congress was marked by the appointment of Raul Castro as party first secretary, replacing his older brother Fidel, who had retired from power in 2006.