OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Plan Techo provides poor families with basic materials to improve their homes. Photo: La Voz del Sandinismo

Last year Nicaragua placed its trust in Comandante Daniel Ortega for a third consecutive time, reelecting him as President for the 2017-2021 period.
Alongside his spouse and running mate Rosario Murillo, Daniel won the country’s elections with 72.5% of the vote, representing a further boost to the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), and the efforts to continue working for a better future for Nicaragua.
During his inauguration at the beginning of this year, Ortega highlighted the work of the FSLN, which since he was elected in 2007, has been undertaking a process to rebuild the country having suffered the consequences of neoliberal governments.
Ten years ago, the FSLN – with Daniel Ortega at the helm – arrived to the presidency focused on achieving “unity in order to eradicate poverty, hunger, and improve the lives of families; to restore dignity to Nicaraguan families,” as the President stated.
Ortega also reaffirmed his commitment to “continue working together with all our country’s economic, social and political forces; to continue working together for the wellbeing of our people and strengthening this great alliance.”
He kept his promise to continue implementing key social programs such as Hambre Cero (Zero Hunger), Usura Cero (Zero Usury), Merienda Escolar (School lunches), Bono Productivo (Productive Bonus) and Casas para el Pueblo (Homes for the People), which have benefited thousands of Nicaraguans.
Meanwhile, the number of families to have benefited from Plan Techo, which provides poor families with basic materials to improve their homes, is set to reach 200,000 this 2017, according to Vice President Rosario Murillo.
Likewise the country’s Housing Minister has confirmed that during the current presidential term, six billion dollars will be invested in social projects geared toward combating poverty.
These initiatives have seen the lives of the Nicaraguan people improve substantially, for example the population’s life expectancy at birth increased by 11 years and average years of schooling by 2.4, according to the 2016 Regional Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Positive results have also been seen in the national economy, with a recent forecast by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) predicting 4.6% GDP growth this year, only slightly higher than the International Monetary Fund and World Bank’s figure of 4.5%
According to these statistics the Nicaraguan economy is set to become the second fastest growing in the Central American region, after Panama.
Meanwhile, the next five years will give the Sandinista government the opportunity to continue reaping success in Nicaragua and remain immersed and actively working within regional integration mechanisms in the midst of a brutal offensive being waged by the right wing in the hemisphere.