Cuban leader calls on Cubans to be responsible, get to work

13:40, April 20, 2011      

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Cuban leader Raul Castro on Tuesday appealed to all Cubans to show a sense of responsibility and participate in the construction of the country's economic model.

The remarks were made at the end of the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (CCP), in which Castro was elected the first secretary of the Central Committee of the party.

"The improvement of the economic model is not a miracle to be achieved overnight. It is a gradual process, with detailed preparations," Castro said.

Cuba is among a small number of countries that are transforming their economy and making progress despite the world economic crisis and obstacles of the U.S. embargo, he said.

Castro urged the Cuban people "to keep their feet and ears alert and down to earth in order to identify the obstacles and quickly rectify the failures we make in the process."

Castro also said despite the "acceptable behavior" in the delivery of lands in usufruct, there were still thousands of hectares waiting for cultivation to meet the demands of the people and the national economy.

The Sixth CCP Congress, which began on April 16, aimed to upgrade Cuba's economic model and promote its development.

Source: Xinhua
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