Deputies analyzed important issues linked to the country's development. Photo: Juvenal Balán

Prior to the Ninth Period of Ordinary Sessions of the Eighth Legislature of the National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP), set to begin July 14, the Cuban Parliament's ten permanent work commissions met on Monday, July 10, in the Havana International Conference Center, to analyze and discuss important issues linked to the country's development.

With the participation of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, a member of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Political Bureau, and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, in the Education, Culture, Science, Technology and Environment Commission, discussions were focused on community educational and cultural efforts, and transforming schools into community cultural centers, as well as shortcomings and challenges linked to Cuban television programming, and its future perspectives.

Meanwhile, deputies from the Economic Affairs Commission, accompanied by Esteban Lazo Hernández, a member of the PCC Political Bureau and President of the ANPP, analyzed the fulfillment of the national economic plan during the first six months of 2017, and problems faced last year which, according to Minister of Economy and Planning Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, also a Council of Ministers vice president, were tackled through collective efforts.

During Monday's session deputies also discussed investments in the sugar sector, and reviewed the performance of Sports Initiation Schools; the production, distribution and sale of toys, the work of the General Customs of the Republic, as well as efforts to perfect the port-transport-domestic economy chain.

Likewise, the Constitutional and Legal Affairs and the Industry, Construction and Energy commissions debated the Terrestrial Waters Bill, which will be presented during the Ninth Period of Ordinary Sessions of the ANPP's Eighth Legislature.