Information on the results of the Debate on the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution
Translation: Marce Cameron
3. The basic motivation for the changes to those guidelines that were modified, briefly noting the source of the proposals which led to the changes.
Where the sources of the changes are not noted, the changes were proposed during the preparatory process for the Congress or during the Congress itself by the working groups and Commissions created for this purpose.
Where the original wording was not changed, the word “maintained” appears in the second column and the updated paragraph number is noted. In such guidelines there is no motivation for changes in the third column.
The Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution presented here are the result of a three-stage discussion process:
- Discussion of the Draft Guidelines by the people as a whole from December 2010 to February 2011. This stage included the discussion in the Sixth Ordinary Period of Sessions of the Seventh Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power from December 15-18, 2010.
- Discussion in every province by the delegates and guests invited to the Sixth PCC Congress from April 8-10, 2011. Prior to this they were discussed, on March 19-20, in a joint meeting of the PCC Political Bureau and the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers, with the participation of the secretariat of the PCC Central Committee, the leadership of the Cuban Trade Union Confederation and other mass organisations and the Union of Young Communists.
- Discussion by the Commissions during the Sixth PCC Congress, April 17-18.
First stage: Discussion of the Draft Guidelines by the people as a whole
The initial 291 guidelines were analysed in 163,079 meetings with 8,913,838 participants; this figure includes those that attended both the meetings of their base committees, such as in their work or study centres, and their neighbourhood metings. A total of 3,019,471 interventions were made which are grouped into 781,644 opinions. More than 395,000 opinions were accepted or included in the reformulation of the Guidelines. Some 210,000 related to the implementation of the Guidelines; more than 65,000 expressed doubts or concerns that will be clarified through the media; a further 62,000 opinions referred to themes that were already taken up in the Guidelines; and around 50,000 were not accepted or will continue to be studied in subsequent stages.
The opinions and proposals put forward by the people were analysed in detail, with the following results:
Draft guidelines: 291
Unchanged: 94 (32%)
Modified or incorporated with others: 197 (68%)
Modified: 181 (62%)
Incorporated with others: 16 (6%)
New guidelines: 36
Total number of guidelines resulting from this stage: 311
Second stage: Discussion in the provinces by Congress delegates and guests
The analysis of the first stage and the resulting 311 guidelines were sent to each province to be discussed by the delegates and guests invited to the Sixth PCC Congress. Organised into five commissions, 978 delegates and 216 guests participated in these discussions.