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Carlos Lage
"The year 2006 has been a year of accomplishments in different areas but also a year in which we could have done much better," said Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage at the end of a tour of state projects underway in the eastern province of Holguin.

Referring to the ongoing national effort to conserve energy, Lage said "we are still a long ways away from the savings that are possible" and called for maximum efficiency in the use of fuels.

In the municipality of Urbano Noris, Lage inspected four new silos installed for grain storage. He also witnessed a trial packing of corn flour in 500 gram bags.

In addition, Lage toured the Urbano Noris sugar mill, accompanied by the Minister of Sugar, Ulises Rosales del Toro, and Miguel Diaz-Canel, first secretary of the Communist Party in Holguin. He stressed the need to increase efficiency and yield at a time when sugar prices have risen.

The vice president also visited the Ministry of Transportations central cargo depot, which recently underwent renovation.

Lage recognized the efforts of Holguin in other areas including the repair of 6,000 homes and the building of 3,000 new ones, many of which he said are destined for health workers.

Cuba undertook the challenge of building 100,000 new homes nationwide in 2006, as the country gives new impetus to its construction sector.


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