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