Vietnam, Cuba to boost multifaceted parliamentary cooperation
Starting April 19, National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue is leading a high-ranking NA delegation to pay a 4-day visit to the Republic of Cuba at the invitation President of the NA of People's Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez.
The visit takes place as part of the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Cuba's establishment of the Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam, the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro Ruz's first visit to Vietnam, and of the Liberation of South Vietnam in September, 1973.
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue's visit to Cuba marks the first high-ranking foreign leader's visit to Cuba after the Caribbean nation successfully held its General Election to elect a new National Assembly and important State titles according to the Constitution, reported VOV.
|From April 19 to April 23, National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue leads a high-ranking NA delegation to pay an official visit to the Republic of Cuba at the invitation President of the NA of People's Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez (Photo: quochoi.vn)
In particular, the visit will contribute to consolidating political trust and deepening mutual relations across a variety of fields, thus making bilateral relations more practical and more effective.
It is expected that during the visit, the two sides will sign a co-operation agreement to enhance the exchange of experience in parliamentary activities and legislative work, as well as mutual assistance at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums. Both sides will co-ordinate in materialize the agreements signed between the two countries as a way of making bilateral ties more practical and effective.
Vietnam has been co-operating strongly and comprehensively in economy, trade, and investment with Cuba, with a focus on a number of key fields such as agriculture, biotechnology, health care, and production of consumer goods, tourism infrastructure construction, hotel management, and construction materials.
According to the Minutes signed at the meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee, Vietnam will continue to supply rice stably to Cuba and help it to improve production capacity and contribute to ensuring food security through co-operation projects to develop rice, maize, and seafood production in the Caribbean country. Realizing that memorandum of understanding, at the start of April, the Party, State, and People of Vietnam donated 5.000 tonnes of rice to the Cuban people.
The strong political relationship has created momentum for effective economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. Viet Nam is currently Cuba's second largest trading partner in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions. According to VOV, last year's two-way trade turnover totaled US $262 million, up 46.6% from 2020. From the Cuban side, the country provide great support and assistance to Viet Nam in sugar cane technology; processing by-products from sugar cane; also consulting and supervising construction works, sports complexes, building Ho Chi Minh trail. Cuba also help Vietnam with technical support for technology building single-operator housing in the floodplains of the Mekong Delta.
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