The meeting is to be held Jan. 28-29 as a continuation of the Sixth PCC Congress in April last year.
According to analysts, modernising the PCC - the sole legal political party in Cuba, in power since the 1960s - is a strategic priority, but so is finding a comprehensive solution for the aspirations of civil society sectors regarding problems that were not adequately addressed or went without mention at the 2011 PCC Congress.*******According to official sources, the conference should also "examine, with a realistic and critical spirit" the work of the party and the changes required for it to exercise its role as "the highest leading force of society and of the state", as defined by the constitution.
The conference is also empowered to update the work style and methods, cadre policies and structures of the party and to continue what Castro calls "a gradual process of renewal and rejuvenation of the chain of political and state positions". (From Patricia Grogg, Countdown to First Communist Party Conference, IPS, Jan. 18, 2012)
The next Communist Party Conference is also marked by this skepticism toward the future. Not surprising, then, are the low expectations Cubans show regarding a party meeting on January 28, the little that is said about it in the streets. The trifling comments are limited to an assurance that "this isn't going to change anything," or the glimmer of hope that "this will be the last chance for the 'historic generation'." Less than three weeks before it begins, even the official television isn't showing any enthusiasm for the event. In the ranks of the Party itself there are many illusions and more than one militant will turn in his or her party card if the meeting ends with poor results. The time "purchased" last April during the Party Congress is about to end. The political reforms are urgent and even the system's most faithful have begun to despair. (From Yoani Sanchez, Cubans Expect Little or Nothing From Upcoming Communist Party Conference, Jan. 19, 2012 reprinetd and translated Huffington Post World, Jan. 27, 3012).
I do not mention the Chinese connection lightly. About six months before the Conference, it was reported that Jose Ramon Balaguer, a special envoy of Cuban Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, was in Beijing to meet with officials of the Chinese Communist Party
Liu, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, expressed his welcome and appreciation for Balaguer's visit to notify the CPC of the information on the 6th CCP Congress and the preparation work for a party meeting in 2012.
The successful convening of the 6th CCP Congress pointed out a clear direction for Cuba to explore a development path fitting its national conditions and achieve fresh progress in building socialism, Liu said. (From Senior CPC official meets Cuban Raul Castro's special envoy, Xinhua News, Aug. 29, 2011)).
I. Basis of the Party
2. Political and ideological work
3. Cadre policy
4. The Party’s relations with the Union of Young Communists (UJC) and the mass organisations