NATIONAL Leaders agree to lift VN-Cuba trade to $500m
HAØ NOÄI — General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vieät Nam, President Nguyeãn Phuù Troïng held talks yesterday with President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez following a welcome ceremony held for the Cuban leader.
Party General Secretary, President Troïng said the Cuban President’s visit will generate momentum for the bilateral relationship.
Congratulating the Cuban people on achievements they have recorded recently, the host noted his belief that Cubans, under the leadership of First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro, will gain even greater attainments in the future.
He thanked the Cuban Government and people for their solidarity and valuable support for Vieät Nam.
“Vieät Nam wishes to deepen bilateral ties, meeting the aspirations and interests of people of both countries, while actively contributing to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world,” he said.
For his part, President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez used this occasion to thank the Vietnamese State and people for their solidarity and valuable support for their Cuban counterparts, and affirmed Cuba’s resolve to enhance bilateral ties in order to effectively
contribute to development in each country.
The two leaders applauded the growth of their countries’ comprehensive co-operation, including increasingly trustworthy political ties through regular delegation exchanges and experience sharing.
Co-operation mechanisms between the Vietnamese and Cuban governments, ministries, and sectors have been maintained and become more and more effective. Relations between the two parties, parliaments, and peoples have also been enhanced, they noted. The two sides pledged to keep close and all-round co-operation during their journeys of national construction and development. They will make efforts to intensify their exemplary fraternity, traditional friendship, comprehensive co-operation, and faithful solidarity.
At the talks, the leaders also discussed several measures to foster economic, trade, and investment partnerships in a result-oriented manner; strengthen ties in defence, security, external relations, agriculture, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, education, and science-technology,
and boost people-to-people exchange. They applauded and emphasised the importance of the two governments’ signing of a new trade agreement and a protocol on capital disbursement and financial management of the Vieät NamCuba project on co-operation in rice production development for 2019-23.
Party General Secretary, President Troïng shared the Cuban President’s view that the current bilateral trade total at US$240 million each year does not reflect the two countries’ trade potential, demand, and supply capacity. They agreed to give relevant direction to actively promote the implementation of the bilateral trade co-operation agreement, seek ways to facilitate businesses’ access to each other’s markets, and strive to raise trade to $500 million by 2022.
The leaders also expressed their delight at their countries’ growing co-ordination and mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums, especially the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Forum for East AsiaLatin America Co-operation.
Regarding international and
regional situations of shared concern, both sides shared the view that sovereignty and territorial disputes need to be resolved by peaceful means with respect for international law.
The Cuban President invited General Secretary and President Troïng to pay an official visit to his country in the near future.
Before the talks, on behalf of the Vietnamese State, Party General Secretary, President Troïng bestowed the Hoà Chí Minh Order upon the Cuban leader in recognition of the latter’s contributions to bilateral friendship and co-operation.
Prime Minister Nguyeãn Xuaân Phuùc and President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Mario Diaz Canel Bermudez yesterday agreed to make it easier for business partnerships and investment in new fields like telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, banking and biotechnology.
The two leaders agreed on measures to increase bilateral cooperation, including continuing to tap existing co-operative mechanisms and exchange visits; carrying out their new trade agreement; and seeking efficient solutions to boosting co-operation with regard to the two countries’ specific economic characteristics and management mechanisms.
They also agreed to co-ordinate to organise the 36th meeting of the intergovernmental committee later this year, and increase the exchange of visits at all levels and the sharing of experience in socio-economic development.
Hosting the Cuban guest, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyeãn Thò Kim Ngaân congratulated Cuba on the success of the election of its ninth National Assembly, believing that the new leadership would continue to effectively implement the policy worked out by the Communist Party of Cuba (seventh tenure) in July 2016, including successfully building a new Constitution.
She affirmed that the Vietnamese legislature and people always supported the revolutionary cause of fraternal Cuban people.
Bermudez, for his part, wished that the two legislatures would share experience and work closely together at international parliamentary forums.
The same day Deputy Prime Minister Trònh Ñình Duõng and Bermudes chaired a dialogue with Vietnamese and Cuban firms in Haø Noäi. — VNS