March 6, 2021

Castro and Díaz-Canel deal with the vice president of Vietnam ties and agreements

The leader of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba (PCC, only legal), Raul Castro, and the country's president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, addressed the increasingly close bilateral relations with Vietnam's vice president, Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, on Tuesday. and the agreements between both countries.

The senior Cuban leaders and the Vietnamese vice president exchanged about "the intimate ties of brotherhood that unite the two peoples, parties and governments," during the meeting, according to a state television report accompanied by images of the meeting.

Castro, Diaz-Canel and Dang also discussed experiences in "the construction of socialism" in both countries and about the implementation of bilateral agreements, added the television note.

The Vietnamese vice president began an official visit to Cuba on Monday as part of the frequent political, economic and commercial contacts between the two countries.

The first meeting of his agenda was held with the first Cuban vice president, Salvador Valdés, with whom he reviewed bilateral relations and agreements and spoke for strengthening economic-trade, investment and cooperation ties.

He also visited the Mariel Special Development Zone, the Cuban Government's flagship project to attract foreign investments, where Vietnam has several projects underway.

Ngoc Thinh toured on Tuesday areas of the agro-industrial grain company Los Palacios, in the western province of Pinar del Rio, where Vietnam is collaborating with financing and training in a project to increase the average yield of rice production by 30 percent.

"Surely this collaboration will help ensure food security in the country," said the vice president of the Asian country.

Vietnam exports rice to Cuba, which aims to reach a production of about 600,000 tons of grain per year, one of the most demanded products on the island.

Ngoc Thinh is also the permanent president of the Union of Women of Vietnam, and in correspondence with that responsibility she will hold meetings with the leadership of the homologous feminine organization: the Federation of Cuban Women.

His visit was preceded by that of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phan Binh Minh last May, who was also received by Raúl Castro and Díaz-Canel.

On that occasion, an inter-chancellery agreement was signed for the period 2020-2022 in order to strengthen the political dialogue on issues of interest in the bilateral and multilateral spheres.

Cuba and Vietnam want to double their trade exchange figures, according to representatives of the two governments.

The Indochinese country is the second commercial partner of the island in Asia -only behind China- with bilateral exchanges that in 2018 amounted to 340 million dollars with the official projection that they can rise to 500 million dollars in the year 2022.

Among the areas in which Cuba and Vietnam have or expect to have joint projects and investments are the food industry, renewable energy, science and technology, justice and production of consumer goods and construction materials.

Vietnam exports rice, coal, chemicals, textiles and electronics to Cuba and imports mainly pharmaceutical products from the island.

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