Vietnam congratulates newly-elected Cuban leaders

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong on October 11 sent a message of congratulations to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez on his election as President of the Republic of Cuba.

Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also cabled a congratulatory message to Esteban Lazo Hernandez on his election as President of the Cuban Council of State.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh extended her congratulations to Salvador Valdes Mesa on his election as Vice President of the Republic of Cuba.

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Hanoi receives 4.7 million foreign tourists this year

Hanoi, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) With a cultural and historical influence that reaches other regions worldwide, Hanoi has so far received 4.7 million foreign tourists and ratified its aspiration to reach seven million in 2019.

The figure represents a year-on-year increase of 10.1% and including the numbers of local vacationers, the total is 21.5 million, the Municipal Tourism Service reported on Thursday.

Total revenues amounted to US$3.2 billion, an increase of 30.9% that demonstrates the efforts of Hanoi authorities to offer more comprehensive services and transform the so-called leisure industry into one of its main sources of hard currency.

Another sector with positive performance was room occupancy in 4 and 5-star hotels, which was over 70% in the period, thanks to the growing reservations of visitors from South Korea, China and Japan.

Hanoi has 3,500 accomodation facilities including hotels, condominiums and hostels, with a total of 60,812 rooms.

Local authorities have been working to improve these facilities and incorporate others, expand and improve the infrastructure of traditional destinations, increase the quality of services and attract more domestic and foreign investment to the sector.

The city's Tourism Service aims to receive about 29 million visitors this year, including more than seven million foreigners, 17% more than in 2018.

TripAdvisor, Business Insider, Discovery Channel, CNN and the websites of other important tourism-related institutions have placed this ancient city among the top 20 destinations worldwide.

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Vietnam, Cuba hold fifth political consultation

Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son conducted the fifth political consultation with Cuba’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina González as part of his official visit to Cuba on September 19-21.

During his stay in Cuba, Son met with Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz.

At the meetings, the two sides expressed their pleasure at the growing traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba in all fields such as politics, economy-trade, security-defence, agriculture, construction, education, health care, biotechnology, transportation, and sports.

Vietnam and Cuba have maintained the exchange of high-level delegations, especially after the historic visit to Cuba by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in March 2018 and the visit to Vietnam by President of the State Council and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez in November 2018.

The bilateral economic, trade and investment relations continue growing with two-way trade increasing 25 percent year-on-year to reach 335.8 million USD in 2018.

The Vietnam-Cuba intergovernmental committee organized the 37th session in Hanoi on September 10-12, 2019 with good outcomes, contributing to promoting the bilateral cooperation in numerous fields.

Vietnam and Cuba have also maintained close coordination and mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums, especially at the United Nations.

The two countries agreed to strengthen their special traditional relations as well as reinforce ties between the two foreign ministries, particularly in arranging and preparing for high-level visits, organising political, economic, cultural and friendship activities, and promoting people-to-people exchanges in 2020 in celebration of the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties.

They pledged to continue implementing effectively cooperation mechanisms such as the theoretical workshop between the two communist parties, the intergovernmental committee, political consultations between the foreign ministries, dialogues between the defence ministries, and the Vietnam-Cuba business council.

The two foreign ministries affirmed that they will coordinate with relevant ministries and departments to enhance economic, trade and investment cooperation, as well as facilitate investment in the fields of their strengths such as construction material, consumer goods, tourism-hotel, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals in order to bring two-way trade to 500 million USD by 2022.

They also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concerns, including the situation in the East Sea.

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Vietnam will continue supporting Cuba

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said today that his country will continue supporting Cuba to overcome difficulties, particularly in the provision of food and the use of its development potential.

The pronouncement came during the reception in Hanoi to Army Corps General Alvaro Lopez Miera, first vice minister of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR).

According to Prensa Latina (PL) News Agency, Nguyen Xuan Phuc pointed out that his country has always been against the US blockade on the Caribbean island and will maintain that position.

He added that Vietnam closely follows each step forward in Cuba and will be faithful to the relations of fraternal friendship sown by Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro, which is cultivated today by the two Communist Parties, armies and peoples.

For his part, the head of the FAR General Staff praised the progress of the Asian nation and expressed Cuba's interest in taking advantage of its experiences in economics and in specific areas such as food production.

During his stay in Vietnam, Lopez Miera also met with the Minister of National Defense, General Ngo Xuan Lich, and with Colonel General Phan Van Giang, 1st Deputy Minister of that portfolio and current Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People´s Army.

As part of these exchanges, both parties discussed issues related to defense cooperation for this and the coming years, as well as the political, economic and social situation of each country.


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Vietnamese Party delegation visits Cuba to boost traditional ties

A delegation of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) led by Hoàng Trung Hải, Politburo member of the CPV and Secretary of the Hà Nội City Party Committee, paid a working visit to Cuba from September 9-13.

During the visit, Hải met with Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba.

At these meetings, the two sides exchanged experience in building socialism in each country and affirmed their determination to promote socio-economic cooperation to further deepen the long-standing friendship between Việt Nam and Cuba.

Hải informed the Cuban leaders about the outcomes of the delegation’s working trip and affirmed the Vietnamese people’s consistent sentiments and support to the revolutionary cause of the fraternal Cuban people.

At a reception for the Vietnamese Party delegation, José Ramón Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, highlighted the special brotherhood between the two Parties, Governments and peoples as the two nations will celebrate the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in December 2020.

He also shared difficulties and challenges that the Cuban people are encountering due to the complicated situation in the region and the world.

The Vietnamese official said he believed that with the strong will, experience and the leadership of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Cuban people will overcome these obstacles to push ahead with their development path.

Hải affirmed that Việt Nam has been and will always stand side by side with the Cuban people in any circumstances.

At the talks with Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, Secretary of the Havana Party Committee, Hải voiced his hope that the two capital cities will have more cooperation projects in the future to make practical contributions to the development of bilateral traditional relations.

During his working visit to Cuba, Hải also worked with Vice President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz to discuss cooperation in potential fields.


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Việt Nam to facilitate investment in Cuba: PM

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz in Hà Nội on Tuesday, pledging to encourage Vietnamese firms’ investment in the Caribbean nation.

Welcoming the delegation to Việt Nam for a meeting of the Việt Nam-Cuba Intergovernmental Committee, Phúc said Việt Nam was delighted at the socio-economic achievements Cuba had obtained recently, noting that the two peoples had a special and faithful relationship that was increasingly consolidated.

Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz vowed every effort to help the inter-governmental committee work effectively.

He said although the Cuban economy was facing numerous difficulties due to sanctions, it was still striving to move forwards. He also appreciated Việt Nam’s rice supply for his country and expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Government would create conditions for businesses to continue the provision.

Highlighting both countries’ resolve to raise bilateral trade to US$500 million in 2020, the official said Cuba wanted to boost exports to Việt Nam, especially healthcare services and biological products, and also wished to attract more investment from the Southeast Asian nation as there are many Vietnamese firms operating effectively in Cuba at present.

Cuba was considering mechanisms and policy improvements to better its investment climate and attract more foreign investment, he noted, adding that as Việt Nam was experienced in agriculture, his country hoped Việt Nam would assist in this field.

As the two countries mark 60 years of their diplomatic relationship in 2020, they should work closely together to organise many practical celebratory activities so as to further promote the traditional friendship, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz said.

He added Cuba highly valued Việt Nam’s growing role and stature, especially when Việt Nam will serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-21 and the ASEAN chair next year.

At the reception, Phúc said the Communist Party and people of Việt Nam always kept in mind the strong support and wholehearted assistance from the Communist Party and people of Cuba during the struggle for national independence and reunification in the past as well as the building of a socialist nation at present.

Việt Nam would continue to work closely with Cuba to ensure stable rice supply and promote its investment in the Caribbean country, he affirmed.

Regarding agricultural co-operation, Việt Nam was ready to assist Cuba on the basis of the latter’s potential and advantages, he said, welcoming Cuba’s intention to boost the export of healthcare services to Việt Nam.
The PM also asked the two countries’ ministries and sectors to continue researching solutions to advance bilateral relations in a result-oriented manner.

He stressed that Việt Nam always supported the Cuban people’s just fight and consistently advocated Cuba’s stance at UN forums.

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Vietnam and Cuba open Intergovernmental Commission session

Vietnamese and Cuban experts assessed on Monday the possibilities of bilateral trade and cooperation in what was the prologue to the 37th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission between the two nations.

The two countries worked in three commissions: one referring to industry, trade, construction, banking, finance, investments, transportation, communication, education, culture, sports and tourism; another on agriculture and fishing; and a third, on science, technology, biotechnology and health.

The results of these deliberations will serve as a basis to begin, early in the morning, the Intergovernmental Commission itself.

Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca and Vietnamese Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha, the ministry that governs bilateral ties on the Vietnamese side since they emerged almost 60 years ago, lead their corresponding delegations to the Intergovernmental Commission.

Vietnam is Cuba's second most important trading partner in Asia and Oceania and the tenth worldwide.

Trade between the two nations currently stands at around US$300 million, but the common intention is to raise this to US$500 million in the short term. At present, more than 100 Vietnamese companies do business with Cuba.

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Cuban leader wishes Vietnam more success

Cuba wishes Vietnam more achievements in a peaceful and friendship environment, stated First Vice President of the Cuban Council of State and Council of Ministers Salvador Valdes Mesa at a ceremony marking Vietnam’s 74th National Day in Havana on September 6.

She said that the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945 was a significant event to not only the Vietnamese people but also Cuban people as well as other nations struggling for independence in the world.

In his speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Nguyen Trung Thanh reviewed major milestones in Vietnam’s national construction and defence history as well as international integration over the past 74 years since the moment President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square.

He expressed gratitude to all nations and progressive forces in the world, especially Cuban people, for accompanying and supporting Vietnam throughout its journey.

The ambassador showed his delight at the development of the Vietnam-Cuba relations over the years, affirming that with the high political trust and mutual understanding between the two nations, the bilateral ties will further thrive, benefiting the development process in each country and becoming the symbol of international solidarity and partnership.

The event was attended by about 500 guests, including Cuban officials and diplomats from other countries in Cuba, as well as Vietnamese people in the country.

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