Cuba, Vietnam work to bring economic and trade ties on par with traditional friendship
Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue and President of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernández have expressed their wish to bring economic-trade-investment ties to be on a par with the traditional friendship between the two nations.
During the online talks held on March 25, both sides informed each other about their respective country’s recent situation, and discussed a host of measures to further reinforce the fraternal friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the Parties, National Assemblies and people of Vietnam and Cuba.
Hue emphasized that Cuba always holds a very important position in the heart of each Vietnamese person and that Vietnam supports the request for ending embargo policies against the Caribbean nation.
Hernandez affirmed that Cuba gives the top priority to cooperative relations with Vietnam and desires to strengthen economic, trade and investment ties as well as exchanging experience in parliamentary activities with the Southeast Asian country.
Cuba is appreciative of Vietnam’s efforts in carrying out the dual goal of combating COVID-19 and boosting economic development, Hernandez said, adding that Cuba aspires to cooperate with Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic based on its current capacity.
The two leaders held that despite their geographical distance, Vietnam and Cuba have been and will be backing each other in the process of national construction and defence. The Vietnam-Cuba special fraternal friendship and solidarity are a valuable asset that the two Parties, States and people need to preserve, nurture, develop and pass to future generations, they stressed.
They went on to state that the bilateral relationship has continued to witness positive development steps in the recent past despite adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The two countries have maintained high-level phone talks and meetings and cooperation mechanisms in the online form, and built mechanisms to remove difficulties in economic-trade-investment ties. Vietnam and Cuba have assisted each other in coping with the pandemic, showing their special sentiments.
Hue affirmed Vietnam’s recognition of great importance to and will continue working hand in hand with Cuba to implement high-level commitments and contents of bilateral cooperation, including cooperation in health care, pharmaceuticals and COVID-19 prevention and control, reached by the inter-government committees.
The pair consented to continue intensifying the exchange of delegations at all levels in suitable forms; and organising seminars, talks and exchange of experts to share experience in renewal, especially in law-making, supervision, building and perfecting the rule-governed socialist State and deciding important issues of each country.
The two sides pledged to create more optimal conditions in terms of mechanism and policy for Vietnamese businesses investing in Cuba, and continue pushing up economic and trade relations as well as cooperation in the fields where both nations have advantages and potential such as agriculture, fishery, biotechnology and tourism.
On this occasion, Hue informed that the Vietnamese NA will soon offer office equipment to help its Cuban counterpart improve the operational efficiency.
Hue invited Hernandez to pay an official visit to Vietnam, and the Cuban leader also extended his invitation to the Vietnamese NA Chairman to visit Cuba at an appropriate time in the near future.