SOUTH AFRICAN FM BEGINS WORKING VISIT TO VIETNAM WEDNESDAY

PRETORIA, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, arrives in Hanoi Wednesday for a two-day working visit to Vietnam.

Nkoana-Mashabane is expected to meet Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguy?n XuAn PhA�c and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ph?m BAnh Minh, according to the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco).

The discussions will include an exchange of views on regional and global issues of mutual interest and a review of the progress of bilateral relations since the 3rd Partnership Forum meeting held 2015, and the visit by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to Vietnam in 2016, the department said in a statement here Tuesday.

It is expected that the talks between the two governments will focus on growing bilateral trade and investments, particularly in the Blue Oceans Economy, the statement added.

Trade between the two countries has been growing year-on-year and amounted to 20.5 billion Rand (one US dollar = about 1.925 Rand) in 2016, from 18.4 billion Rand in 2015, making Vietnam South Africa’s second largest trading partner among the 10 member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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