Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, dedicated an entire page of its September 2 edition to the successes Vietnam achieved during the renewal process on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of National Day.

Granma said since the renewal process started in 1986, Vietnam has overcome the consequences of war and has established itself as one of the strongest Southeast Asian economies.

Vietnam’s poverty rate fell to 8 percent in 2013, down from 58 percent in 1993, lifting 30 million people out of poverty.

The United Nations Organisation recognised that Vietnam is now faring better than some countries with higher average incomes regarding a number of social welfare criteria, the article added.

The paper noted that Vietnam has achieved five of the eight Millennium Development Goals, expecting to fulfill the remaining three by the end of 2015.

Granma quoted former Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Jesús Aise Sotolongo, who attributed Vietnam’s success to promoting the full potential of Vietnam’s society at all times, and making the most of international integration opportunities provided by globalisation.-VNA