Announcements of Cuba’s “Pillars of Management“ and Strategy for 2019

Cuba President Miguel Diaz recently announced what he called “Pillars of Management” and the Government’s strategic objectives for 2019.[1]

Pillars of Management

In September 2018 Diaz-Canel stated the following four “pillars” for future management of the country:

  1. Respond to the mandate of the people and for the people by having responsible government officials account for their management to the people.
  2. Establish a connection, debate and permanent dialogue with the people, especially when there are more complications.
  3. Take into account that the solutions to these problems are very complex. Therefore, we always have to face each complexity with several alternative solutions.
  4. Use social communication as a working tool.

 Strategic Objectives for 2019

At the end of the year Diaz-Canel said that the Cuba Council of Ministers had adopted the following strategic objectives for 2019:

  • Disaggregate the 2019 Plan of the Economy in an orderly and agile manner, with the participation of the workers and their leaders.
  • Advance the process of computerization, not only with the fundamental leaders of the country in social networks, but with the updating of the websites of the agencies.
  • Continue to offer information to the media and start a television program to systematically address issues related to the government’s agenda.
  • Integrate universities in the search for solutions to the problems of the country and enhance the interaction between ministers and faculties.
  • Defend the ethics that should characterize the work of the leaders and the permanent contact with the people.
  • Maintain the atmosphere of order, harmony and cleanliness that must prevail in State institutions.
  • Comply with the regulations for the work of the non-state sector.
  • Support from all the institutions the broad legislative process that will be deployed after the approval of the new Constitution.
  • Strengthen the sources of tourism with the other sectors of the economy.
  • Encourage exports, including new sectors of the economy, while defending Cuba’s main economic and financial processes.
  • Prioritize, within the actions of the General Comptroller of the Republic and the National Auditing System, the follow-up of investments and exports, the substitution of imports and the productive linkages.
  • Establish as part of all audits, the use and destination of energy carriers, contracting, cost analysis, strengthening of accounting and the use of inventories.
  • Make the National Territorial Planning Scheme a working tool, which includes a score of policies aimed at the development of the country.
  • Develop a process for responding to the issues formulated by the people in the boards of directors of the Central State Administration Organisms and the Provincial Administration Councils.

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[1] Rivera, Government Management in Cuba: from pillars to strategy, Granma (Jan. 2, 2019).