8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba
April 16-19, 2021
Congress of the Cuban Revolution’s
The 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba is taking place from April 16-19, 2021 in Havana. The Congress coincides with the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the victory over the U.S.-backed invasion of Cuba at the Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs). On that occasion, 60 years ago, the legendary leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro declared the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution.
The call convoking the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was issued December 2, 2020 at the political meeting held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Party School system. The Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Party, José Ramón Machado Ventura, read the convocation. Describing the Congress as one of “Continuity,” he said:
“Worthy heir of the trust placed by the people in their leader, our Party — unique, one that follows Marti and Fidel, that is Marxist and Leninist — assumes a high responsibility in the preservation of unity, a strategic factor for victory.”
The Congress is being held in a manner suitable to circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Convocation states that it will focus its attention on the evaluation and projection of key issues for the present and future of the nation, ranging from the Conceptualization of the Cuban Economic and Social Model of Socialist Development and the updating and implementation of Policy Guidelines, to the economic and social results achieved since the 7th Congress in 2016.
The functioning of the Party, its ties with the masses and ideological activity, the situation with respect to the Party’s Cadre Policy, the Union of Young Communists (UJC), mass organizations and government administration will also be analyzed.
The elected delegates are “leaders of the Party, the Government, the UJC and the mass organizations, workers, peasants, scientists, teachers, health and cultural professionals, among other workers from various sectors.” Reports inform that no sector of Cuban society will left out of the Congress. “Annexationists and sell-outs will not be there; but there will be a representation of the multiplicity of criteria that cut across Cuban society today,” a press report said. The characteristic of the Party Congresses to discuss with the people the documents that are submitted to the delegates at the Congress is also highlighted.