CAMAGÜEY.–Army General Raúl Castro Ruz visited the Major General Ignacio Agramonte Military Industrial Enterprise of Camagüey this Wednesday, January 10, founded nearly thirty years ago by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz.
Speaking to managers of the enterprise and the Union of Military Industries (UIM), prior to touring the facilities, Raúl learned about production to meet the country’s defense demands and, fundamentally, the national economy.
Among other matters, he was informed about the programs undertaken to manufacture, repair and modernize machinery and tools; the production and recovery of spare parts; as well as the expansion of capacities to produce containers and packaging, all high priority areas for Cuba.
In particular, he demonstrated an interest in the support of the UIM to the recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma last September. To date, more than 1,000,550 square meters of metal roofing tiles, with all necessary attachments, have been provided for this purpose, as well as 25,400 plastic water tanks.
After learning about the work of the Military Industrial Enterprise of Camagüey, which for several years has met its economic, financial and productive indicators, the Army General described it as a gem that is capable of offering even better results.
The President was able to appreciate a direct demonstration of these efforts in an exhibition of the enterprise’s main products, including a line of furniture for offices, homes and tourist facilities, melamine tableware, industrial hardware, locks and padlocks, beds and mattresses, wooden doors, awnings and tiles.
Raúl later toured the workshops of some of the factories that make up the enterprise, accompanied by First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez; Minister of Economy and Planning, Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz; Army Corps Generals Leopoldo Cintra Frías and Álvaro López Miera, minister and first deputy minister chief of the FAR General Staff, respectively; Interior Minister Vice Admiral Julio César Gandarilla Bermejo; and the First Secretary of the Party in Camagüey, Jorge Luis Tapia Fonseca.
During the visit, Raúl spoke with workers, 32% of whom are women. He inquired as to their working conditions, shifts, the educational level of operatives and the number of years they have been working there. He also asked about the necessary and important relationship between this enterprise and the University of Camagüey.
At the end of the tour, the Army General expressed his impressions of this visit on a large print that recalls the words written by the historic leader of the Revolution on the inauguration of the enterprise. At that time, Fidel expressed: “The impression left on us by the plant and the collective is unforgettable.” Raúl added: “Here nothing needs to be added, simply carry on and of course I agree with what Fidel said. I congratulate you!”