Vietnam, Cuba devise future cooperation plan
(VOV) - The 30th meeting of the Vietnam-Cuba Inter-governmental
Committee opened in Havana on September 17.
Addressing the meeting, Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment
Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz praised bilateral cooperation over the years and
reaffirmed that Cuba is committed to consolidating the special
relationship, loyal friendship, and comprehensive cooperation with
Vietnam, governments and peoples, especially after Party General
Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited Havana last April and President Raul
Castro visited Hanoi last July.
Diaz, who is also Chairman of the Cuba-Vietnam Cooperation Subcommittee,
reviewed the implementation of signed agreements and said both nations
aim to upgrade economic cooperation to be on a par with their political
He hailed both sides' efforts to settle debts, especially their
businesses reaching an agreement on the payment method.
Diaz also said he hopes that Vietnamese businesses will continue
investing in Cuba, particularly in oil exploration and exploitation,
renewable energy, tourism, information technology, and agriculture.
Vietnamese Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung reaffirmed Vietnam's
consistent policy of backing Cuban people's revolutionary cause and
highlighted their special solidarity and great support for Vietnam's
past struggles for national independence and present construction of a
wealthy, democratic, equal, and civilized country.
It reflects Vietnam and Cuba's determination to nurture their special
traditional relationship, Dung noted.
He said Vietnam is paying attention to the areas of Cuba's strengths,
including bio-technology, saying that it is willing to help the
Latin-American nation develop agricultural projects to ensure food security.
Dung, who is also Head of the Vietnam-Cuba Cooperation Subcommittee,
said Vietnam will do its best to promote bilateral cooperation in
economics, trade, culture, education, and science and technology, as
expected by both Parties and peoples.
On the same day, Minister Dung was received by Vice Presidents of the
Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrias and Marino Murillo, who were very
pleased with the outcome of the meeting.