VIETNAM TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS TO PURSUE MARITIME STUDIES
The Vietnamese government is offering an increased number of scholarships for South African students to pursue maritime studies in Vietnam next year, says South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Disclosing this when responding top oral questions in the National Assembly here Wednesday, he added that this was significant for skills development for South Africa as Vietnam is world renowned for ship-building.
"The Vietnamese have made significant progress in building their Oceans Economy, in particular the ship-building part and in their aquaculture," said Ramaphosa who recently visited Vietnam and Singapore.
"Currently, there are six South African students studying Maritime Economic Studies at the Maritime University in Haiphong. These students are studying there under scholarships that were granted by the Vietnamese government.
"In my discussions with the Vietnamese Vice-President, I asked him about the possibility of Vietnam increasing the basket of courses that are offered within the maritime discipline and also to increase the number of students who are studying at the Maritime University and the response from the Vietnamese was very positive and our Department of International Relations and Co-operation has already been informed that additional scholarships will be offered to South African students next year."
He also told the MPs that trade between South Africa and Vietnam had grown from about half a billion US dollars to 1.5 billion USD since the two countries signed bilateral agreements.
While trade is currently in favour of Vietnam, the socialist republic is exporting a lot more goods to South Africa from the manufacturing base, while South Africa is exporting a little less from an agricultural base.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK