New dawn for SA-Vietnam relations

In a move to enhance bilateral relations between South Africa and Vietnam, Deputy President David Mabuza and his counterpart, Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue, met for talks in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Speaking after the meeting, Mabuza said the official bilateral talks had opened the door to new opportunities to further enhance the economic prosperity of the two countries.

“With regards to matters related to trade and industry, environment and agriculture, we both agreed to explore new areas of cooperation in energy, oil and gas, renewable energy, clothing, textile, automotive and mechanical engineering, to mention a few,” Mabuza said at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse.

Discussions primarily centred on the progress achieved in the implementation of the decisions taken at the 4th Inter-Governmental Partnership Forum for Economic, Trade, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation between South Africa and Vietnam.

 “Noting the steady progress achieved, we both further agreed to reinforce the strong economic ties between our two countries,” Mabuza concluded. – Bjorn Vorster

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