NA­TIONAL Lead­ers agree to lift VN-Cuba trade to $500m

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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

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