At the closing ceremony of the symposium (Source: VNA)

Havana (VNA) - The fourth theoretical symposium between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) took place in Havana, Cuba, on November 14-15, highlighting experience of the two parties in socio-economic development and ideological and political work.

Presentations at the event focused on determinants of socio-economic development, ideological and political work of each Party, and gave in-depth analysis of the situation and solutions of each side, thus further clarifying some urgent theoretical issues of common concern such as the Party’s leadership, inspection and supervision in socio-economic development; and political and ideological education for cadres, party members.

Discussion also spotlighted the importance of the Party’s leadership in the struggle against "peaceful evolution" conspiracies and activities as well as subversion schemes of hostile forces; the fight against political and ideological degradation; and strengthening of the Party's leadership in political and ideological work, defending Marxist-Leninism, Ho Chi Minh Thought, and the ideas of José Martí and Fidel Castro.

Vietnamese delegates were invited to go on field trips after each session to get real life experience about issues under discussion, such as the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, a key model in Cuba's socio-economic development, and the University of Information Science.

In his speech at the closing ceremony, Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the CPV Central Committee, Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council, and Director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, who was head of the Vietnamese delegation,  and Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrea, who led the Cuban delegation, highly appreciated the candidness, sincerity and openness discussion between the two sides, which show mutual trust and understanding between the two Parties and States.

They affirmed that the exchange between the two parties is a useful and practical activity, stressing that it should be maintained in the time to come.

The two sides agreed to continue their close coordination to well prepare for the 5th edition of the symposium in Vietnam in 2020.

On November 16, Thang had a working visit to the Nico López School of Higher Education of the CPC, and signed a cooperation agreement in 2018-2023 between the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and the school.

At a meeting with lecturers of the Cuban school, Thang stressed the special attention that the CPV pays to training cadres, saying that this is an important task, which is carried out regularly and systematically during Vietnam’s development process.

He expressed his wish that the two training institutions will further foster their cooperation in training cadres, and in scientific research, thus meeting the requirements and tasks of the revolutionary cause of the two Parties and States in the time to come.

During their stay in Cuba, the Vietnamese delegates laid wreaths at Ho Chi Minh Statue in Havana, and visited the Vietnamese Embassy in the country.-VNA