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Permanent Commissions of Cuban Parliament Conclude Meetings
The ten permanent commissions of the Cuban National Assembly (Parliament) conclude, on Thursday, two days of meetings in which they are analyzing important aspects of the social and economic situation of the country including topics that go from national defense to economic performance and the services.

Projects of the economic plan and the budget for 2008 have also been discussed as well as reports on the work done since 2003 until today.
On Thursday, the schedule of the Permanent Commission on Foreign Affairs includes an address by Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, who will brief deputies on several aspects of the island's foreign policy.

The meetings of these permanent commissions, made up of more than 250 parliament members, are being held prior to the 10th ordinary period of sessions of the Sixth Legislature of the Cuban Parliament that takes place on Friday in Havana's Convention Center.
This period of sessions will be the last one of the Sixth Legislature that concludes its five-year term on January 20, 2008, when the second stage of the national general elections takes place.

During the first day of discussions on Wednesday, when analyzing the topic of animal proteins, the Commission in charge of Production Activities stressed the need to produce more and of better quality. The members of this commission learned about the increase of the general levels of production of meat, milk and other products in 2007, and the perspectives for 2008.

Representatives of the Sugar and the Agriculture ministries briefed the deputies on the efforts that are being made to continue developing the production of food products that can help the country, faced with the constant and excessive increase of prices in the international market.

In this regard, the deputies issued a call to make better use of the land, the human and material resources in order to reach production levels that allow the country to increase its offers and to reduce prices and imports.

Meanwhile, in the Commission on Constitutional and Legal Affairs, deputies learned about the improvements that the Cuban legal system has experienced in the past year thanks to a series of measures adopted.

The members of this commission described the reports presented by Ruben Remigio Ferro, president of the People's Supreme Court, and by Attorney General Juan Escalona Reguera, as very positive.
The processes are now more dynamic and there are now better objective working conditions in the courts and in the attorney's office.

Deputies called for the promotion of measures that will lead to increasing legal awareness among the people in order to fight social indiscipline and also support the social work with ex-convicts.

In the meantime, in the Defense Commission, it was announced that an artistic delegation will begin a tour around a number of penitentiaries in eight provinces of the country in January.

The delegation will include renowned artists such as Silvio Rodriguez, Amaury Perez, Vicente Feliu and the Sexto Sentido quartet. They will be accompanied by Havana Historian Eusebio Leal.
This tour is part of a program to strengthen the cultural and sports work in the institutions of the island's penitentiary system.

Elsewhere, in the Commission of Health and Sports, deputies noted that the new program of training human resources in the health sector has a strategic importance, at the international level, due to its revolutionary concepts.

In the presence of Public Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer, Deputy Elia Rosa Lemus said that there are currently 13,742 young people from various nations studying medicine in 31 policlinics and faculties across the nation as well as 10,000 at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana.


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