Viet Nam to provide 250,000 tons of rice
• The sales contract, with terms favorable to Cuba, is signed in the
presence of President Fidel Castro and Vietnamese Deputy Prime
Minister Nguyen Tan Dung • Other agreements include the donation of
a television set assembly line, development of digital television, and
the family-based production of rice
THE Socialist Republic of Viet Nam will provide the island with
250,000 tons of rice, which will guarantee that 55% of
national rice consumption in 2002, according to a contract
offering Cuba satisfactory prices and convenient payment
President Fidel Castro and Vietnamese Deputy Executive
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung – on an official visit to the
island – attended the signing ceremony for this and two other
The directors of the Cuban company Alimport and the
Vietnamese company Vinafood 1 signed the contract.
In addition, the directors of the Vietnamese electronics
company Hanel, Trinh Minh Chau, and José Enriquez Forcadas
from the Electronics Group in Cuba signed a cooperation
agreement that includes the donation of a television set
assembly line. The agreement also calls for joint development
for the introduction of digital television on the island and the
production of television sets to export to the Caribbean and
Likewise, both countries’ ministers of agriculture signed an
accord on a cooperative project for the development of
family-based rice production in Cuba.
Nguyen Tan Dung made a five-day official visit to the
Caribbean nation, in response to an invitation from Vice
President Carlos Lage, during which he spoke with leaders of
Cuba’s Communist Party and state authorities, among them
Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque.
The deputy executive prime minister of Viet Nam expressed
his solidarity for the human and material losses caused by
After his arrival in Havana on November 30, Tan Dung
declared that the objective of his visit was to increase the
ties of friendship and cooperation, mainly in the spheres of
economy and commerce, as well as to study the Cuban
experience of building socialism.
"The profound relationship that unites both nations is at such
a high level, it will be difficult to surpass," said Carlos Lage in
conversations with the guest. "Our peoples have endured the
test of time," added the Cuban vice president, who noted that
in the difficult years of the Revolution, Cubans were grateful
for Vietnamese solidarity.
Accompanied by Víctor Gaute and Nilo Díaz, Party secretary
and president of People’s Power in Matanzas province,
respectively, Tan Dung visited two communities in Ciénaga de
Zapata – the area hit the hardest by the hurricane – and
spoke with residents building new housing.
He likewise visited Varadero, where he learned the details of
tourism development in the country, and particularly in this
famed beach resort.
The member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of
Viet Nam toured the Museum of the Revolutionary Armed
Forces Command Center at the Australia sugar mill. He
listened to explanations of the actions Fidel headed from
there and made it possible to bring about the first defeat of
U.S. imperialism, in only 72 hours.
Furthermore, he viewed the destruction caused by Michelle at
the sugar mill and the progress of the recovery work, in order
to be ready for the start of the sugar harvest on January 25.