Housing program in Cuba has high priority, says Prime Minister

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Havana, Mar 18 (ACN) Manuel Marrero Cruz, Prime Minister of Cuba, said today that the housing program is a high priority, speaking at the 2019 annual assembly of the Ministry of Construction (MICONS), which was attended by Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, President of the Republic, and other leaders.

He added that because it is a matter of great interest to the population, it is essential that the finishes are of the highest possible quality so that they can be certified as habitable in communities with the minimum indispensable living conditions.

In this sense, he suggested that alternatives should be sought to promote the technical preparation of the works, the control of their excellence and the compliance with the schedules, including the eradication of unhealthy neighborhoods, citadels and dirt floors.

Marrero Cruz insisted on the need to promote savings in raw materials and materials in the sector, as a practice aimed at facing the consequences of the U.S. economic, financial and commercial blockade, which has reached extreme limits, and which contribute to the reduction of imports, particularly of food and fuel.

The construction sector, like the rest of the economic and social activities, has been affected by the intensification of the blockade and now it is affected by the current pandemic.

Savings and any action of this type can influence the reduction of cement consumption rates for concrete and mortar, steel and wood, he said, and described the overall management of the MICONS business system as meritorious.

René Mesa Villafaña, head of the organization, reported at the meeting that in 2019, 44,566 homes were completed on state roads, by the population, with their so-called basic housing cells, and by others, and also established an exchange with representatives of business groups and several managers.

The meeting assessed the results of the management during last year on its main programs of industrial, road and hydraulic works, tourism, behavior of the physical production of materials and their sale to the population, application of project and technical services, conservation and rehabilitation of housing with the population’ s own effort, along with others.

The Housing Policy in Cuba, presented in December 2018 to the National Assembly of the People’s Power, contains a program for the recovery of the residential deficit in a period of 10 years.

The balance sheet was also attended by Esteban Lazo Hernández, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power; Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez; and Deputy Prime Minister Inés María Chapman Waugh.

Also, by Omar Ruiz Martín, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba; Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, General Secretary of the Central of Workers of Cuba; and Major General Samuel Rodiles Planas, president of the National Institute of Housing, as well as a considerable representation of directors, businessmen and guests.

(Taken from ACN)

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