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VN Party delegation calls on Cuba, Mexico

Update: April, 15/2005 - 00:00

VN Party delegation calls on Cuba, Mexico

(15-04-2005)

HAVANA — Fidel Castro, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba, received Truong Tan Sang, Chief of Viet Nam’s Central Committee Economic Commission, in Havana on April 12.

Carlos Lage Davila, Cuban Politburo member of the Party Central Committee, Vice President of the State Council, and Standing Secretary of the Council of Ministers, received the Vietnamese delegation.

At the function, Castro, who is also President of the State Council and the Council of Ministers, informed Sang, a Politburo member of the Party Central Committee, of Cuba’s achievements in health care, education, and social welfare.

The two leaders also spoke of the measures that Cuba has taken to develop its economy and improve living conditions for the people.

Castro proposed a number of ways to promote the island nation’s economic co-operation with Viet Nam and other Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Sang conveyed the Party and State leaders’ regards to First Secretary Castro, and informed him of Viet Nam’s process of socio-economic development.

He also praised Cuba’s national construction and defence.

During the five-day official visit to Cuba which ended on April 13, the head delegate met with the leadership of the party and the ministries of public health, tourism, and the sugar industry, as well as the Central Bank of Cuba.

Mexico visit

Sang was received by General Secretary of the Mexican Labour Party (PT) Alberto Anaya on Wednesday in Mexico City.

General Secretary Anaya informed his guest of the PT’s efforts to develop human resources for the coming general election in 2006.

Recalling fond memories from his recent visit to Viet Nam, the General Secretary expressed his admiration for the industriousness, creativity and dynamism of the Vietnamese people in the process of national construction, and underlined socialism as the only choice of the future.

They exchanged views on the development of market economy, international integration, and other issues of mutual concern.

On the same day, Sang and his team met the Mexican Economic Minister Fernando Canales and promoted bilateral co-operative ties in all fields.

Minister Canales promised Mexico’s support for Viet Nam’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

As a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum, Mexico is willing to share its experiences and co-operate with Viet Nam in organising the APEC Summit in Ha Noi in 2006, he said.

A draft agreement on co-operation, which contains concrete measures to raise two-way trade from the current $130 million, was signed by the two sides. — VNS

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