After years of extreme economic hardship, political improvisation and international dispute, the Cuban economy is on the improve.
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REPORTER: TIM STREITHORST
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Background: After years of extreme economic hardship, political improvisation and international dispute, the Cuban economy is on the improve.
A number of factors have helped Cuba on the road to economic stability, and the recent partial lifting of trade sanctions by the United States will help more.
Cuba is confident that the U.S. will eventually lift all the trade and diplomatic sanctions placed on the island some 13 years ago.
The Organisation of American States has already approved a resolution to lift their 11-year-old ban on trade with Cuba, a move strongly supported by the U.S., and open the way for Cuba to trade once again with her neighbours.
High world sugar prices have also boosted the economy and Cuban sugar mills are earning far more now, that they did in the early days of the revolution.
And 1975 in the year the Cuban Government describes as the "time of the first Party Congress".
Although a date is yet to be set, the Congress will probably take place in December.
It is widely believed that the Congress will approve a constitution for the country which, since Fidel Castro took over, has been governed without a fundamental charter of laws.
This film is supplied with an English commentary by TVN Reporter Tom Streithorst. A transcript appears overleaf.