Translator's note: Below is the full text of the first draft of the Cuban Communist Party PCC) Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution.
These draft Guidelines are the basis for public debate in the lead-up to the PCC's 6th Congress, to be held in April 2011. Starting December 1 and concluding at the end of February, millions of Cubans will discuss and debate this resolution in their workplaces, universities, neighbourhood committees, the armed forces, through the letters pages and commentaries in Cuba's revolutionary press, in Communist Party base committees and, of course, in the streets.
The results of this discussion and debate, in which the party leadership has urged everybody to say what they think in a spirit of open dialogue, will be incorporated into a second draft of the resolution that will be presented to Congress delegates in April.
Usually, such documents are quickly translated into half a dozen languages by official Cuban translators. As far as I'm aware, no such official translations have been forthcoming, probably because of the length of this detailed resolution. Yet this resolution is so important that I took on the task of translating it into English myself. I'm not a qualified translator, so I am indebted to Paul Greene, who took the time in the middle of moving house to correct the translation. Paul is a professional translator who worked for 10 years in Cuba, translating for publications such as Granma and official Cuban documents.
Please note that this is NOT an official translation, and if such a translation does appear you should refer to the official one. However, we are confident this translation is accurate enough for our solidarity purposes.
While the document is long, and some of the content is somewhat technical, it is well worth reading in full. Much has already been written by commentators outside Cuba on this resolution. Unfortunately, it seems that many such commentators, particularly those that try to cast the PCC leadership's intentions in a cynical light, have not bothered to read the resolution closely, or have read into it things that aren't there (such as the restoration of capitalism by stealth).
In the interests of clarifying what is being discussed and debated on the island, I urge Cuba solidarity activists to take the time to familiarise themselves with this document. If you have any suggestions for how the translation can be improved, please let me know.
Australia-Cuba Friendship SocietySydney, Australia
Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution
Revolution is having a sense of the historical moment; it is changing everything that must be changed; it is full equality and liberty; it is to be treated and treating others as human beings; it is emancipating ourselves by ourselves and through our own efforts; it is defying powerful dominant forces within and outside the national and social milieu; it is defending the values in which we believe at the cost of any sacrifice; it is modesty, disinterest, altruism, solidarity and heroism; it is to struggle with audacity, intelligence and realism; it is to never lie nor violate ethical principles; it is the deep conviction that there exists no force in the world capable of crushing the force of truth and ideas. Revolution is unity, independence; it is to struggle for our dreams of justice for Cuba and for the world, which is the basis of our patriotism, our socialism and our internationalism.
1. The socialist planning system will continue to be the principal means to direct the national economy and must in turn be transformed in its methodological and organisational aspects to accommodate new forms of management and guidance of the national economy.
68. Increase and consolidate revenue through the export of goods and services, for which solutions will have to be found to all those aspects of an internal nature which today constitute obstacles to exportation; create a real interest in exportation at the level of the country and base the most important and strategic decisions on objective and updated studies of the market.
 A cooperative is an economic organisation that is a juridical personality with inheritance rights created to produce goods and services useful to society, assuming all expenses incurred from its income.
Translation: Marce Cameron
Saturday, December 25, 2010
First draft of the Cuban Communist Party PCC) Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution
Cuban Party Congress Discussion Document