VOV.VN - Phan Van Mai, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and new Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Orlando Nicolas Hernandez Guillen have agreed to bolster bilateral co-operation in diplomacy, youth, and cultural exchanges.
At a recent reception held for the Cuban diplomat, the municipal leader pledged his best efforts to develop the relationship between the nation and Cuba.
In line with this, Ho Chi Minh City will offer up to 50 scholarships for students from the Caribbean country to visit and learn in the southern city each year, as well as support the exchange of students between the two sides, he said.
Mai suggested that the Cuban Ambassador take heed to specific collaboration projects with the southern metropolis in the fields of healthcare and teaching Spanish, as a way of intensifying cultural exchanges.
Moving forward, Ho Chi Minh City plans to hold several meetings this year to introduce potential co-operation areas between Cuba and the city, he said.
In response, the Cuban Ambassador said there is ample room ahead for broader co-operation, with the diplomat voicing his hope that Ho Chi Minh City will facilitate stronger collaboration between the two sides in the future.
At present, Cuba is in the process of adopting numerous policies that can open up greater investment opportunities, he said, noting the hope that more businesses in the southern city become interested in investment in the Caribbean nation.
The diplomat also invited firms from Ho Chi Minh City to attend the forthcoming international conference which is slated for this November.
Ambassador Guillen affirmed that he will serve as a bridge to augment all-around co-operation between Cuba and Ho Chi Minh City in education and healthcare.