For reconstruction of the Republic of Cuba

By Luis Alberto Lacalle


Once the dictatorship has fallen and Cuba will continue its

democratic journey, an enormous effort will be necessary in order to

transform Cuba in a free and prosperous nation.

The “Marti Plan” aims to support the process with economic and

human resources through coordination of activities carried out by

international actors, by Cubans who live in the island and those who live

in “the Pilgrim Homeland”.

It will be necessary to offer economic contribution and technical

aid consisting in the introduction of knowledge and business and trade

union experience which would channel the every-day life of a nation

that during 50 years has known neither liberty nor justice.

It is essential to remember and to make clear that the Cubans are

the only ones to undertake the task. They and their democratic

government will carry out the changes and the cooperating actors, be it

nations, institutions or individuals, will act only when asked by the

legitimate representatives of the Cuban population.

In this introduction, special mention must be made of the

phenomenon of exile. During the last half century, without any similar

precedent, thousands of compatriots were separated, new generations

were born and grew up loving and yearning for country the do not know.

Others remained in the native land, suffering the tyranny. All of them

are Cubans and all of them can and should contribute to the

reconstruction process. Having in mind this aspect, the Marti Plan

wishes to combine all the contributions and to connect and bring closer

together those who were separated for so long.


The plan proposes two types of contribution:

a) Economic, which comprise financial resources, technological

support and commercial opportunities.

b) Human, including creation of leadership structures (leading

officials) and training opportunities.

More detailed concept is explained below:


Destruction of Cuba’s economic base created by the tyranny will

require economic recourses and legal and cultural measures that would

establish a modern society.

Reconstruction fund

It is a body of public international right with limited duration of

existence. It will centralize contributions from different sources.

The aid will be reciprocal, aiming at creation of private culture and

initiative with its rights and duties. Loan installments and interest rates

will be as generous as possible. However, the loan shall be properly paid

back. It can be agreed that the loan repayments, once offered, will be

used as donations to the education and public health system.

One part of the fund resources will be donated to educational and

health institutions that will submit specific projects.

The fund will be lead by a board of directors made up of important

personages of the world and managed by a director with experience in

the finance sector.

The contributions will be free or onerous, provided by

governments, public or private entities or individuals.

The aim of the support will be to establish democratic government

in Cuba. Its contributions will be offered to public entities (central and

local government, public personages of the state) or to private



Fund of Technical Assistance

The introduction of knowledge and experience in public and

private life represents a central point of the task that awaits us.

In the public sector, technical support will be offered to improve

the constitutional and administrative area and help organize political

parties and trade unions. However, it will be done so only after the

Cuban government has requested it.

In the private sector, a list of persons with business experience will

be offered to companies and business organizations that will have the

chance to request these people. This activity will be free in terms of

personal rewards.

The assistance will last, at most, as long as the Marti Plan is valid.


Duration of the Marti Plan will be limited, announced beforehand

and its end will not be postponed. Its aim is to help, to create an impulse,

but it can not replace authentic public and private action.

Once it fulfills its duties, the initiative will disappear. If its

contribution helps to create freer, more prosperous and fair Cuba, its

goal will be fully achieved.

Berlin, April 2007