Vietnam hopes to further reinforce ties with Africa: official

WVR/VNA - Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu underlined the country’s wish to further reinforce multifaceted ties with Africa while addressing a celebration of the Africa Day (May 25) in Hanoi on May 24, 2024.
Vietnam hopes to further reinforce ties with Africa: official
Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu (left), Moroccan Ambassador Jamale Chouaibi (centre) and Palestinian Ambassador Saadi Salama, head of the diplomatic corps in Vietnam, toast at the ceremony on May 24. (Photo: Tuan Viet)

The event, organised by the African countries’ embassies in Vietnam, saw the presence of Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu; representatives of the embassies of Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa and Nigeria; along with officials from the diplomatic corps in Hanoi and many Vietnamese ministries and sectors.

In his remarks, Assistant to the Minister Vu highlighted the historical significance of Africa Day, which honours the African countries’ unyielding and enduring spirit of struggle for national liberation in the past and their progress and achievements in building a peaceful and prosperous continent today.

Vietnam highly values the stature and prestige of the African Union (AU) in the continent’s political security, economic, and social life. It wishes to congratulate African people, under the AU’s leadership, on obtaining enormous development attainments recognised by the United Nations and the international community as seen in the AU’s permanent membership of the Group of 20 (G20), he noted.

He voiced his belief that thanks to the countries’ robust implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Africa will soon become a dynamic development hub of the world.

The official affirmed that Vietnam always treasures and hopes to further intensify multifaceted relations with Africa at both bilateral and multilateral levels.

Vietnam became an observer of the AU in December 2023 and has practically contributed to the initial achievements of the AU’s Agenda 2063, which has the vision of “An Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”

According to Vu, bilateral trade posted impressive year-on-year growth of 8.9% to 8.92 billion USD in 2023 despite difficulties in Vietnam’s trade with the world.

Moroccan Ambassador to Vietnam Jamale Chouaibi, head of the group of African countries ambassadors in Hanoi, said Africa is emerging and undergoing an economic and systematic transition with the ultimate goal of ensuring a just and sustainable future. As a growth powerhouse of the world and a land of opportunities, it is actively cooperating with partners to secure sustainable economic development despite considerable difficulties relating to political instability, climate change, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic facing the world.

He held that Vietnam’s strengths and experience, along with Africa’s demand and great natural advantages, make the two sides boast much cooperation potential, particularly in the fields of food security, health care, and energy, to work towards a prosperous and cohesive world.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)