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Council of Ministers approves priorities for science in Cuba

Havana, June 5 (Prensa Latina) The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba today approved the national priorities in science, technology and innovation and the forms of their management, in a meeting headed by President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

According to the digital portal of the Presidency and Government of Cuba, the highest government entity on the Caribbean island focused its analysis this Wednesday on the impact of science on the economic and social life of the nation.

The meeting, led by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and the head of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma) Eduardo Martínez, confirmed that science is the formula to get out of the complex situation of the Cuban economy, due to the international panorama and the coercive measures of the US government.

Martínez presented, before the governing body, the guidelines in the field of science on the island, a document that he described as “hopeful” and that addresses key issues for the economic and social development of the island.

The priorities are concentrated in key sectors of the economy and society and will be managed through Strategic Government Projects, which will initially focus on increasing foreign currency income, from the export of goods and services, said the Citma minister.

He emphasized that all exportable items in the country must have a specific project to solve problems that today affect their management, in addition to increasing their added value, reducing production costs and improving quality.

He ratified the national interest in developing new exportable products and strengthening specific lines such as increasing nickel production, making tobacco income profitable, developing innovative products in biotechnology and promoting tourism.

In this direction, he also pointed out the government’s interest in expanding the portfolio of exportable medical services and introducing new technologies to increase sugar production and its derivatives.

The country will also design a financial strategy that provides support for exports and minimizes the impacts of the blockade imposed on Cuba for over 60 years by the United States government, the Citma minister added.

Among the national priorities, the generation of electrical energy continues through the installation of photovoltaic and wind solar parks, in line with the state policy of changing the energy matrix on the island.

He added that “the Cuban decision to carry out an energy transition in the sugar sector and the increase in oil extraction, which means contributions to the National Electroenergy System, “takes a lot of science and the introduction of new technologies.”

He pointed out the immediate introduction of technologies to produce animal feed that favors the increase in pork and egg production, as well as the increase in milk and beef production levels.

The meeting of the Council of Ministers also reviewed the state of the economy at the end of last April, a period in which tensions persist on most of the indicators, but improvement is also seen in some of them, said the head of the Ministry of Economy and Planning, Joaquín Alonso.