Vietnam, South Africa agree to boost comprehensive cooperation

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Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong and South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Reginah Mhaule sign the meeting’s minutes (Photo: VNA)

Pretoria (VNA) – Vietnam and South Africa
have agreed to work together to bolster comprehensive cooperation at the fourth
Vietnam – South Africa inter-governmental partnership forum.

The forum took place in South Africa’s capital
Pretoria on March 14 and 15 under the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy Foreign
Minister Nguyen Quoc Cuong and South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Reginah
Mhaule.

At the forum, Vietnamese and South African ministries
and sectors reviewed bilateral cooperation since their third meeting, which was
held in Hanoi in 2015 and discussed measures to capitalize on the countries’
potential in the coming years.

The sides agreed to maintain delegation exchanges at
all levels, and mutual support and cooperation at international organizations
and multilateral forums, particularly the United Nations.

They shared the view on the need to strengthen bilateral
partnership in economy, trade, and investment and to soon sign a memorandum of
understanding on boosting joint work in mineral resources, electricity power
and renewable energy.

They recommended the launching of negotiations for
coal export from South Africa to Vietnam, and boosting the trading of their
farm produce and food products.

The South African side promised to assist the
organization of events that introduce Vietnamese goods into local supermarket
chains.

The two sides agreed to hold a meeting of the Vietnam
– South Africa subcommittee on trade in 2019 and assigned specific agencies to
carry out commercial promotion activities.

They pledged to continue with joint work in the
protection, conservation and management of biodiversity, while exchanging
information on seized wildlife animals, and implementation of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The two sides vowed to negotiate towards signing an
agreement on cooperation on agriculture, fishery and forestry before the end of
2020.

The sides agreed to hold their third defence dialogue
in Hanoi this year, boost capacity training collaboration in military health,
logistics, and defence industry, and exchange experience related to UN
peacekeeping mission.

Vietnamese and South African ministry of public
security reached consensus on cooperation to prevent crime, particularly drug
and wildlife trafficking, while working to sign an agreement on judicial
support concerning crime.

In terms of education-training and science-technology,
the sides highlighted the need for more exchanges of researchers and
organization of scientific seminars toward the signing of more collaboration
agreements in the fields.

Vietnam suggested increasing exchanges of cultural,
sport and tourism delegations, facilitating art-cultural activities and film
screening in both nations, and exchanging experiences in tourism and tourism
development policies.

At the forum, Reginah Mhaule expressed the hope to
receive Vietnam’s support in developing ties with the Asia-Pacific region. She
said she backs the ASEAN’s stance on tackling international dispute using
peaceful measures in line with the UN charter and international law.

The official stated that South Africa will soon send a
diplomatic note on its official support of Vietnam’s candidacy for a
non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure. She also
stressed her country’s willingness to help Vietnam establish relations with the
African Union.

Concluding the event, the two deputy ministers said
bilateral trade, current at 1 billion USD, still fall short of potential,
agreeing to boosting business connectivity and people-to-people exchanges.

The next meeting was planned to take place in Vietnam
in 2021.-VNA 

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