|Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Le Thanh Tung (Photo: VNA)
During the reception, Member of the Party Central Committee and First Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Pinar del Río Yamilé Ramos Cordero introduced the characteristics and development priorities of the province in the current period, and the transformation steps in economic governance activities in the general context of Cuba and with the idiosyncrasies of Pinar del Río.
Ambassador Le Thanh Tung reiterated the special nature of Vietnam-Cuba solidarity as well as the determination of the leaders of the two countries to promote relations in all fields, expressing confidence in the victory of the Cuban people in general and Pinar del Río province in particular under the leadership of the Party, while highlighting the province's potential in receiving investment projects with capital from Vietnamese enterprises, especially in the agricultural sector.
With an area of nearly 8,900 square kilometers and a population of more than 570,000, Pinar del Río province is famous as the largest producer of the highest quality of Cuban cigar. At the same time, it has strengths in tourism, other agriculture fields and mining.
At the seminar with the theme "Vietnamese Revolution: The great challenge of socialism in Asia" at the Pinar del Río Provincial Theater, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodríguez, President of the Provincial Association of Historians, introduced the Vietnamese revolutionary process and the imprints of the Vietnamese people's struggle in the spiritual life of the Cuban people.
At the Museum of History in Pinar del Río Province, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Yamilé Ramos Cordero and Ambassador Le Thanh Tung cut the ribbon to open the photo exhibition "Vietnam today".
Answering the local press after the opening ceremony, Ambassador Le Thanh Tung emphasized that Vietnam and Cuba have established cooperation mechanisms and exchange channels to promote relations in all fields. Besides the current rice cooperation, Pinar del Río province has the potential to carry out joint projects with Vietnamese partners in other agricultural sectors such as beef, poultry and citrus fruit production.
On this occasion, Pinar del Río province also introduced a documentary film and opened a photo exhibition about health expert Elena Fernández Castro, a child of the province, who witnessed and shared with the Vietnamese people during the fiercest period of the resistance war against the US, before she died due to illness on July 27, 1972 in Hanoi at the age of 46.
As an example of the spirit of friendship and her professional contributions, Ms. Elena Fernández Castro was posthumously awarded the Second-class Labor Medal and the Friendship Order by the State and Government of Vietnam./.