President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (front, right) receives Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz in Havana on September 20 morning (local time). (Photo: VNA)
- Vietnam will promote investment projects in the Mariel
Special Development Zone in practical fields serving the development and daily needs
of Cuban people, especially production of essential goods, high-tech
industry and infrastructure development, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.
The President made the statement at a reception in Havana on September 20
morning (local time) for Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz and
leaders of the Mariel Special Development Zone.
At the meeting, the two sides discussed potential and advantages of the zone in the western province of Artemisa province of Cuba.
Diaz warmly welcomed President Phuc's visit to Cuba, saying it opens up many cooperation opportunities in investment, trade and economy between businesses of the two countries.
Emphasising the potential and advantages of the zone, the minister said that this special economic zone has achieved many positive results in recent years, offering good conditions for attracting foreign investment and high-tech projects to Cuba, thus promoting the country’s export activities in the coming time.
Cuba issued a law permitting foreign investment in the
over-400,000-hectare development zone, which has attracted projects in
biotechnology, pharmaceutical production, consumer goods manufacturing,
banking, construction and some other sectors. The zone offers an attractive tax
exemption policy for investors and handles procedures under the single-window
model in just 60 days.
The meeting between President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz and leaders of the Mariel Special Development Zone. (Photo: VNA)
So far, the Mariel Special Development Zone has approved 59
projects, 34 of which have become operational, worth over 3 billion USD in
total from 21 countries. Among these projects, three are invested by Vietnam.
Leaders of the zone expressed their hope for more investment
projects from Vietnam on the basis of the two countries’ special traditional
friendship and many cooperation agreements signed in the judicial, trade, and
President Phuc noted with satisfaction that Vietnam and Cuba
has just finished negotiations and signed an official contract under which
Vietnam will buy 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Cuba. He described
this as a particularly important achievement marking the comprehensive success
of his official visit to Cuba this time.
The Vietnamese leader said Cuba’s building of an special economic zone, industrial park, and processing area is in line with the common trend of countries worldwide.
He lauded Vietnamese firms’ investment in the special development zone despite the long distance and expressed his delight at the fact that Vietnam is the second biggest foreign investor in Cuba.
President Phuc expected that Cuba will invest more in the zone’s infrastructure and offer a flexible and preferential investment policy to attract more investors. Favourable and simple administrative procedures to create the best possible conditions for investors are needed, he added.
On the occasion, the President called on Vietnamese enterprises to pay attention to and increase investment in the Mariel Special Development Zone./.