Media Statement

04 September 2017

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to undertake a Working Visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, is scheduled to undertake a Working Visit to Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, where she is expected to meet with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Phạm Bình Minh, on 6 and 7 September 2017 respectively. The Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Pham Binh Minh, last undertook a Working Visit to South Africa during August 2013.

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 in Hanoi, Vietnam, in June 2015, and the visit by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during in October 2016.

It is expected that the talks between the two governments will focus on growing bilateral trade and investments, particularly in the oceans economy. Bilateral trade between the two countries has been growing year-on-year and amounted to R20, 5 billion in 2016, improving from R18, 4 billion in 2015, making Vietnam South Africa’s 2nd largest trading partner in the ASEAN region.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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