Various activities to mark 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties

Hanoi welcomes the planning of activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties in Hanoi in 2020, Chairman of Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has said.

The Hanoi leader made the statement at the reception for Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera on February 13.

Some prominent activities are the Cuban Cultural Days held at King Ly Thai To Statue Square in Hoan Kiem district and the construction of a mosaic picture on Yen Phu ceramic street to promote the Vietnam-Cuba relationship.

Chairman Chung affirmed that the city authorities are willing to support celebrations of the diplomatic ties and proposed the organisation of a photo exhibition showcasing images on the bilateral relations between Vietnam and Cuba.

The Cuban Ambassador said that Hanoi will be the primary location to hold activities in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties (December 2, 1960-2020).

She noted that the mosaic picture, which is the proposal of the Cuban side, is expected to be inaugurated in late 2020 in the presence of senior Cuban and Hanoi officials.

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Việt Nam will make all efforts to deepen ties with Cuba: Politburo member

The Party, State and people of Việt Nam will make every effort to consolidate and deepen traditional, special friendship with Cuba, said Trương Thị Mai, Politburo member and head of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, during her meetings with Cuban leaders this week.

Mai, who is also Chairwoman of the Việt Nam-Cuba Friendship Association, led a high-ranking Party delegation to pay a working visit to Cuba and attend the 29th International Book Fair of Havana, in which Việt Nam is a guest of honour, from February 4-8.

While in Cuba, Mai met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power Esteban Lazo Hernández, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba José Ramón Machado Ventura and Secretary General of the Cuban Women’s Federation Teresa María Amarelle Boué.

At the meetings, she affirmed Việt Nam’s consistent stance to support Cuban’s revolutionary cause and struggle for an immediate and unconditional end to the economic, trade and financial embargo against Cuba.

Cuban leaders spoke highly of the visit and thanked Việt Nam for its presence at the book fair which launched a series of upcoming activities to mark the 60th anniversary of the Việt Nam-Cuba diplomatic relations (December 2, 1960-2020).

They reiterated the Party, State and people of Cuba attach importance to relations with Việt Nam and want to further strengthen the long-standing ties and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people.

They congratulated Việt Nam on the successfully implementation of resolutions issued by the CPV’s 12th National Congress and hoped for the success of the next congress, to be held in 2021.

In her remarks at the launch of the International Book Fair of Havana on February 6, Mai highly valued the effort of the Cuban Party and State for organising such a significant cultural event in times of hardship.

The presence of Việt Nam as a guest of honour is a chance for the two countries to enhance the mutual understanding and cultural exchange, and to beef up the bilateral ties.

Mai and Cuba’s high-profile leaders cut the ribbon to launch Việt Nam’s pavilion at the fair which features more than 700 books and 2,000 publications in different languages, including Vietnamese, Spanish and English.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Phạm Anh Tuấn described the book fair as one of the biggest of its kind in Latin America.

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Cuba and Vietnam strengthen friendship at Int'l Book Fair

Havana, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuban letters acknowledge the transcendence of 60 years of relations between Cuba and Vietnam in 16 books to be launched at Havana's International Book Fair (FIL).

Vietnam is the guest of honor at the 29th edition of the event, so several books on history, politics and culture are dedicated to the Asian country, said Sandra Sarmiento, vice president of the Cuban Book Institute (ICL).

In that regard, Editorial Abril printed a book on Fidel Castro's visit to Vietnam and another title on relations between the two countries.

Sarmiento noted the reprint of Jose Marti, Un Paseo por la Tierra de los Anamitas (Jose Marti, A Stroll through the Land of the Vietnamese), the presentation of Diario Dang Thuy Tram and the book of poems Cuaderno Paralelo, by Roberto Fernandez Retamar.

In addition to diplomatic relations, Vietnam and Cuba signed an agreement on editorial cooperation more than a decade ago, which will be extended to other agencies after the signing of deals between the Vietnamese institutions Kim Dong, Mundo, Nha Nam, Anfabok, and the Cuban publishing house Gente Nueva, the ICL and the Ministry of Culture.

According to the first vice president of the Propaganda and Education Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vo Van Phuong, nearly 700 titles deal about Vietnam's traditions, history, arts, literature, cuisine, economic potential, landscapes, beauties and ethnic minorities.

Vietnam's presence at the International Book Fair, to be held from February 6-16, is the first event that will take place until December in Cuba to celebrate the establishment of diplomatic relations.

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Vietnam expects wide foreign participation in Tourism Fair

The Vietnam 2020 International Tourism Fair will be held in Hanoi from April 1 to 4 with the participation of 25 countries and territories, the Organizing Committee confirmed.

The event will take place at the Cultural Friendship Palace in Hanoi, where more than 500 stands will participate, in which tour operators, hoteliers and representatives from

travel agencies, airlines and other entities related to the leisure industry will present their offers.

The fair is one of the actions with which Vietnam guarantees its decision to receive 20 million and a half foreign tourists this year to break the historic record of 18 million vacationists in 2019.

Before, and with the same objective, Vietnam will launch in February its National Tourism Year 2020 in northern Ninh Binh province, which holds such beautiful places as the Trang An landscape complex, inscribed as UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site.

This year's fair will be focused on Heritage, the power of tourism in Vietnam, so several collateral activities will address the issue.

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Raul Castro congratulates Communist Party of Vietnam on its 90th anniversary

The first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Raul Castro, sent his 'most sincere congratulations' to the Communist Party of Vietnam (PCV) on the occasion of its 90th anniversary this Monday.

In a message to Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the VCP, Raul ratified 'the commitment of the Commander in Chief of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, of loyalty and brotherhood with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, heir to the legacy of President Ho Chi Minh'.

The Cuban leader stressed that in 2020 the two governments will commemorate the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and said that this constitutes 'an expression of our deep friendship and an example of the will to be united in view of the challenges imposed by the current international scenario', Prensa Latina reported.

"We wish you success in building socialism," says Raúl Castro's message.

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Vietnamese spiralling economy: grew 7.02 percent in 2019

Hanoi, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam's GDP reached for the second year in a row an impressive growth, 7.02 in 2019 and 7.08 in 2018, indicated today the General Statistics Office.

This year's growth exceeded the goal set by the National Assembly (from 6.6 to 6.8 percent) and the most optimistic forecasts by banks and international organizations, none of which foresaw that the growth of the nation's economy would reach 7 percent.

Among other factors, this result was possible thanks to the performance of industrial production, foreign investments (38 billion dollars, the highest figure in a decade), exports (roughly 245 billion dollars, a surplus of nearly 10 billion) and tourism (more than 18 million foreign tourists).

It was also possible in the midst of a slowdown in the global economy, protectionist policies to use and the uncertain landscape of the tariff war between the United States and China in Southeast Asia.

In addition, Vietnam dealt with, throughout most of the year, a severe drought in much of its territory and a devastating epidemic of African swine fever that forced it to slaughter six million pigs, more than 15 percent of the national herd.

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Vietnam Defence White Paper debuted in Cuba

The Vietnamese Embassy and the Office of Vietnamese Defence Attachés in Cuba held a ceremony in Havana on December 20 to debut the Vietnam Defence White Paper 2019.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese defence attaché in Cuba Col. Ta Van Phang said the Vietnam Defence White Paper 2019 is meant to continue affirming that Vietnam advocates peace and self-defence in its national defence, point out challenges and revisions to defence policy, and improvement of defence capability for national protection.

The paper also contributes to raising understanding and building trust between Vietnam and countries in the international community, for the sake of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, he said.

Politburo member, Chief of the General Staff and First Deputy Minister of the Cuban Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces Sen. Lieut. Gen Álvaro López Miera, for his part, hailed the paper as a collection of invaluable experience by a peace-loving nation that beat the strongest hostile forces to protect its independence and freedom.

On the occasion, a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army and the 30th anniversary of All-People Defence Festival was also held.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Nguyen Trung Thanh highlighted comprehensive cooperation and mutual trust between the Vietnam People’s Army and the Cuban revolutionary armed forces, which he said, has been one of the most vivid evidence of exemplary and loyal relationship founded and fostered by Presidents Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, and generations of the two countries’ leaders.

About 200 guests watched documentaries about Vietnam’s fight for independence and national construction, and enjoyed music performances by Vietnamese students in Cuba’s military training establishments at the event.

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Prime Minister hosts Cuban Minister of Justice

The Vietnamese Government always supports the cooperation activities between Vietnam and Cuba’s justice ministries, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told Cuban Minister of Justice Oscar Manuel Silveira Martínez at a reception in Hanoi on December 12.

He believed that stronger cooperation between the two ministries will contribute to promoting the traditional solidarity and comprehensive collaboration between Vietnam and Cuba.

The Cuban minister told the PM that he had successful talks with his Vietnamese counterpart, during which the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in personnel training and computerisation.

He said the valuable experience of Vietnam will help Cuba a lot in the field of justice.

PM Phuc said he was glad Cuba adopted a new Constitution with important points that strengthen the leadership of the Communist Party and promote the country’s socio-economic growth.

He reiterated Vietnam’s support for Cuba at international forums, especially the United Nations.

Vietnam will continue to enhance cooperation with Cuba and increase high-level delegation exchanges between the two countries, he said.

He added that Vietnam has conducted its Doi Moi (renewal) for over 30 years and gained significant economic achievements. Therefore, Vietnam is willing to support Cuba in economic development in its capacity.

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