Carlos Lage Dávila (born October 15, 1951) is a Cuban politician. Until 2009, he was a Vice President of the Council of State of Cuba, a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Executive Secretary of the Council of Ministers of Cuba. Lage was described as Cuba's de facto prime minister.
Lage trained as a pediatrician before entering the Cuban government. In the early 1990s Lage became an adviser to Fidel Castro, gaining a reputation as Cuba's "primary economic fixer". Lage is currently responsible for coordinating energy, trade and currency issues. Lage is also credited with Cuba's national Energy Revolution program and the collaboration with other countries in this area. In the early 1990s, during the economic era known in Cuba as the Special Period he initiated a series of economic reforms that allowed for limited land holdings and small business initiatives. More recently, Lage negotiated a guaranteed supply of subsidized oil from Venezuela, in exchange for medicines and up to 2,000 Cuban doctors and health professionals to live in Venezuela for a time and treat that country's poor. The scheme incorporates the Venezuelan Mission Barrio Adentro welfare program.
He is also known as an academic expert on U.S. history and politics. Thus he is also an advisor to the president of Cuba (until recently Fidel Castro) on this topic. An avid reader in political theory, he is known to be an expert in comparative politics and democratic studies and he is a strong advocate of the Cuban political system. Internationally he is known for having conversations with European leaders.