Improved urban transport; street repairs; and refurbishing hospitals, movie theaters and parks are some of the principal challenges for 2008 in the Cuban capital, said Economy and Planning Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez during a tour of Havana on Sunday.
Rodriguez, accompanied by Juan Contino, president of the City of Havana provincial government, informed about efforts to clean up the city and repair popular recreation centers, as reported by Granma daily.
In a visit to an electric generator set facility in the Havana municipality of Regla, the minister said the program to improve the national electricity system would continue in the current year. He also said a sizable investment will be spent on upgrading power lines.
The water pipe networks are another area to receive priority attention this year, said Rodriguez, who added that funds should especially be spent on infrastructure that helps increase production.
During his tour of the city, workers spoke about the new Cuban made garbage containers that will substitute previous ones imported from Spain saying they are more durable and cost less.
Rodriguez also noted that the government has earmarked additional funds for the eastern provinces of the country to, among other priorities, repair roads after the damage caused by heavy rains last year.
Among the places visited by the Cuban official in the capital was the crematorium in Guanabacoa, the Fructuoso Rodriguez Orthopedic Hospital, the housing project for physicians in Alamar and the Parque Lenin amusement park.