Cuba, Vietnam devise future cooperation plan

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 relationship.

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.