Cooperating with Viet Nam benefits South Africa: Official

Update: 09:54 | 13/09/2021
Promoting cooperation with Viet Nam will bring practical socio-economic benefits to South Africa, the African country's Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Alvin Botes affirmed while accompanying a delegation of the Vietnamese Embassy on a recent working visit to Northern Cape province.
Cooperating with Viet Nam benefits South Africa: Official
South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Alvin Botes. (Photo: VNA)

The official said that South Africa continues to implement the policy of expanding diplomatic relations with traditional friends, including Viet Nam.

This time, the Vietnamese embassy presented 250,000 face masks to the province’s Education Department and several schools in the locality.

Ambassador Hoang Van Loi said that Viet Nam is striving to curb the spread of COVID-19, giving the highest priority to people's lives and health, promoting the vaccination drive and gradually restoring economic activities.

The two countries’ trade turnover reached around 1.4 billion USD in 2020, up 23 percent year-on-year, and 706 million USD in the first half of this year. However, Vietnamese exports to South Africa accounts for only 1.3 percent of the country’s total import value.

Viet Nam is actively increasing exports of apparel, footwear, coffee and pepper to South Africa and expanding cooperation in education and mining with the nation, Loi added.

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(Source: VNA)