Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla (Source: VNA)As scheduled, Mr. Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla will participate in the first Cuba-European Union Joint Council, which will be held on May 15th in Brussels. On May 16th, the Cuban Minister Foreign Affairs will be in Geneva to present the National Report of Cuba to the third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council. On May 17th, Minister Parrilla will pay an official visit to Switzerland and carry out a number of activities. Born in 1958, Rodriguez Parrilla served as Cuba's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1995 to 2003. He was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs on March 2nd, 2009, replacing Felipe Perez Roque, after serving as the Vice-Minister. On October 25th, 2011, Mr. Rodriguez Parrilla addressed the United Nations General Assembly right before the annual non-binding vote calling for the United States to end … [Read more...] about Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister visits Europe
European foreign affairs review
Vietnam’s foreign affairs activities have greatly contributed to national development, taking advantage of external resources and protecting national interests and territorial integrity. In 2011, Vietnam embarked on a new strategy to gain a rapid and sustainable growth in order to become a modern industrial country by 2020. To this end, Vietnam has boosted its foreign affairs. "In 2011, high ranking Party and State leaders paid visits to other countries to strengthen Vietnam’s external relations. Last year, Vietnam carried out comprehensive diplomacy gaining remarkable results", said Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. In the face of economic uncertainties, Vietnam has strengthened external relations to help tackle the country’s difficulties. The country has paid attention to protecting its citizens and overseas Vietnamese and hosted a number of major international events to promote the image of Vietnam. Strengthened foreign affairs have played a role in national … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s foreign affairs 2011 reviewed.
Viet Nam plans to reduce visa fees for foreigners entering the country, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai said. He made the announcement after a tourism working group meeting at the mid-term Viet Nam Business Forum 2015 said visa fees for Viet Nam were too high, hindering tourists from visiting the country. Competent Vietnamese agencies would simplify the visa procedures at the airport and for online visas, he said. The government has asked relevant ministries to study the possibility of reducing visa fees. The Prime Minister has authorised the culture, sports and tourism ministry to coordinate with the foreign affairs and public security ministries in submitting a list of countries that enjoy unilateral visa exemption soon. Viet Nam considered tourism to be a key economic sector, contributing five to 10 per cent of the nation's gross domestic product, Ai said. The government would not only reform visa procedures, but also improve tourism development and … [Read more...] about Vietnam mulls reducing visa fees for foreigners
He will attend the ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting on July 22-23 in Brussels, Belgium. Viet Nam-France Strategic Partnership concertized Viet Nam-France Strategic Partnership has made progress with the two nations having launched such cooperative mechanisms as a ministerial-level strategic dialogue onnational defense and security, a joint committee on National Defense Cooperation and a high-level dialogueon Viet Nam-France economy. France is the fifth largest European trade partner of Viet Nam, reaping a two-way trade turnover of US$3.2 billion in 2013, and ranking second in terms of investment with US$3.3 billion. The working visit of the Deputy PM aims to concertize the Strategic Partnership, launch action plans in 2014-2016 and step up cooperation in economics, trade, environment, climate change and other issues. VN-Czech economic relations strengthened The traditional and cooperative relations between Viet Nam and the Czech Republic have been enhanced in recent years. Two-way trade … [Read more...] about DPM Minh visits three European nations
HA NOI (VNS)— The fourth session of the Vietnamese-Hungarian Joint Committee on Economic Cooperation took place in Ha Noi yesterday. The event was co-chaired by Ho Thi Kim Thoa, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade and head of Viet Nam's sub-committee, and Peter Szijjarto, Hungary's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations and head of Hungary's sub-committee. The two diplomats reviewed every aspect of bilateral co-operation since the third session, including diplomacy, trade, science and technology, education and training, natural resources and the environment. Bilateral trade between Viet Nam and Hungary reached US$168 million last year, up 16.3 per cent against the previous year. However, the figure reached only $80.3 million in the first eight months of this year, a year-on-year fall of 53 per cent, due to the global economic crisis. The two sides agreed to speed up negotiations between Viet Nam's Ministry of Finance and Hungary's … [Read more...] about Co-operation with Hungary given timely boost by review