Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received Cuban President of the National Assembly, Esteban Lazo Hernández, stressing that Vietnam is encouraging the creation of favorable conditions to further the development of bilateral relations. Vietnam continues to pursue the stance of supporting the complete removal of embargoes against Cuba, he said.
Noting that two-way trade turnover between the two countries last year remained low, reaching US$216 million, the PM proposed measures to boost trade relations between the two nations.
As part of that initiative, Vietnam committed to supply rice to Cuba on a long-term basis, PM Phúc said.
He suggested the two countries foster co-operation in fields of their strength, particularly in agriculture, bio-technology, construction, tourism infrastructure, telecommunications and electronic equipment.
The two countries should encourage and create conditions to increase exchanges by delegations at all levels to promote mutual understanding and bilateral co-operation, he said.
Cuban NA Chairman Esteban Lazo Hernández said his visit was aimed at learning from Vietnam’s experience after 30 years of đổi mới (renewal) to apply to the economic model in Cuba.
Cuba prioritized promoting co-operation with Vietnam in the fields of trade, infrastructure investment and completing a legal framework to promote long-term co-operation between the two countries, he said. (CubaMinrex - EmbaCuba Vietnam)