VOV.VN - There is plenty of room for cooperation between Cuba and Ho Chi Minh City, especially in the fields of their strength or of mutual interest, to see further development.
Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen made the statement during his meeting on October 1 with Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz.
Despite being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ties between Cuba and HCM City have seen remarkable progress, especially in bilateral trade, Nen said, while expecting the Cuban leader to push for a strong partnership in trade promotion, tourism, health care, education and medical personnel training.
The southern metropolis aspires to step up relations with Cuba in the areas which the country has advantages in, such as pharmaceutical technology, community health worker training, primary health care, and tourism; and to accelerate cultural and youth exchanges, Nen told his guest.
The official stated that with the joint efforts and determination of both sides, HCM City will gain more opportunities to boost ties practically and effectively with Cuba as a contribution to fostering the special friendship between the two countries.
Informing his host of the outcomes of his talks with Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh, the Cuban PM said the two sides had agreed to further boost the bilateral relations in all areas. In the short run, the two governments will together resume cooperation across a multitude of fields, with priority given to intensifying Vietnamese investment in Cuba, sharing experience to assist Cuba to expand production of rice, coffee and maize, aquaculture and renewable energy.
He agreed with Nen’s proposal, stressing that Cuba seeks to translate opportunities for cooperation with HCM City into reality, particularly in high technology and pharmaceutical chemistry.
During his trip to HCM City, the Cuban PM paid a visit to historic relic Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon Hi-tech Park.
The same day, Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz left Ho Chi Minh City, concluding his five-day official visit to Vietnam.