As invited by Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), FOSCO delegation led by Madam Le Thi Hong Hau, Secretary of the Party Committee, Chairwoman of FOSCO’s Board of Members, attended the May Day XV International Brigade of Voluntary Work and Solidary with Cuba from April 20th to May 10th 2022.
There were about 180 delegates joining this year’s May Day Brigade, who come from 15 countries all around the world. The delegates had the chance to participate in many voluntary activities in Agriculture, meetings with academics and authorities of Cuban localities, visits to factories and health-care centers, and could socialise with the local people of Havana.
The Opening ceremony took place in CIJAM Camp which is named after the founder of Cuban Communist Party, Julio Antonio Mella (1903-1929), in Caimito, Artemisa. At the Opening ceremony, there was a tree-planting activity which symbolised the growing friendship among the peoples. The biggest event of the program was the May Day Parade with millions of Cuban people taking part in, with the presence of the highest leader of Cuban Party and Authority, of many international delegates from different brigades, of local and international press.
On April 22rd, FOSCO Delegation visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba and met with the Ambassador Extraodinary and Plenipotentiary Le Thanh Tung. At the meeting, the Ambassador kindly provided FOSCO delegation with a lot of important information in bilateral relationship between the two brother countries Vietnam and Cuba, especially about the reciprocating housing relationships that FOSCO is taking care of. FOSCO Delegation came to visit and work with PALCO Group (a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba whose missions are similar to those of FOSCO which are to provide services to Diplomatic/Consular Corps). In the meeting, representatives of PALCO group’s leaders introduced to FOSCO the company structure and main activities. Through that, FOSCO Delegation could learn valuable information and experience for accomplising its work duties. At the meeting with ICAP, FOSCO Delegation has donated 1.000 USD for the event organization of “the May Day XV International Brigade of Voluntary Work and Solidary with Cuba”.
The trip left in FOSCO delegates many beautiful memories and strong impressions about such sincere welcome of ICAP, such peaceful and warmhearted image of Cuba, such enthusiasm and kindness of Cuban people. The delegation was really happy to see in person a spirit of independence and self-reliance of our brother country.
Although facing many difficulties and challenges, no matter how tough the situation is, Cuba still has a lot of friends who love peace, solidarity and still receives plenty of support from around the world.