Abel Prieto Jiménez, Minister of Culture of Cuba, for two periods (1997−2012 and 2016 -2018). He is currently president of Casa de las Americas, an institution that disseminates, publishes and awards literature, arts and social sciences in the American continent. Prieto has a degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from the University of Havana. He held the position of director of the Office of the Martiano Program. Abel Prieto was a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba. Since 1993, he has been a deputy to the National Assembly of People's Power. Abel Prieto also wrote stories and novels. He received, among other distinctions, the Victor Hugo Medal from UNESCO and the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government.