Cuba Presents in ECLAC Meeting Commitment to Social Problems

Montevideo, Oct 27 (Prensa Latina) Attention to social problems in Cuba has been a priority since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, asserted here William Diaz, director of International Economic Organisms of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investments.

In his presentation before the panel ‘Social policies with focus on rights throughout life’, of the 2nd Meeting of the Regional Conference on Social Development of Latin America and the Caribbean, sessioning in this capital sponsored by Eclac, Diaz spoke about the steps taken by the Revolutionary government in that direction.

He said that from the beginning this issue was seen as an integral process both economic and social, allowing in a few years for the radical transformation of the existing social situation in the greater of the Antilles.

The Caribbean official explained that the Cuban model of social policies has as essential aim ‘the access universal and free’ to basic social services and the satisfaction of all elementary needs of human beings in all their vital cycle.

In this regard, he commented that and other basic principles are protected by the Constitution of 1976 by the majority of the Cuban people, as the obligation of State institutions to educate from the earliest years, in equality of rights and opportunities.

Diaz also highlighted the priority given to social development and the active nature of social policy that allowed the Cuban nation to reach in a short period of time,

‘the elimination of big social and territorial differences’, besides eradicating other phenomena at social scale.

In that sense, he alluded to malnutrition, rachitis, illiteracy, neglect and poverty. Social policies also allowed to achieve high indicators in essential fields like education and public health, comparable to that of developed countries.

On present living conditions in the country, William explained the State recurred to policies aimed at sharing in a most equitable way possible, among all families, the resources and services available.

He also exposed the essence of the social model has been preserved and expanded its benefits.

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