HAIPHONG - South African Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his nation's desire to learn from Hai Phong’s experience in developing the maritime economy and building ships during his trip to the city on October 4.
Meeting with municipal leaders on October 4, the Vice President said Vietnam and South Africa have cooperated across a variety of fields and annually two-way trade reach roughly US$586 million.
|South African Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa (Photo: citizen.co.za)
South Africa hopes to expand the collaboration and import Vietnamese farm produce, he told his guests, adding that more South African students will come to study at Hai Phong-based Vietnam Maritime University.
Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thi Nghia highlighted the Vice President’s visit as a manifestation of the friendship and cooperation between the two nations in the spirit of the partnership for cooperation and development.
Nghia said she hopes Hai Phong and South African localities and partners will step up their economic, cultural and trade links, especially in the fields of shipbuilding and fisheries.
Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Tung said Hai Phong has good conditions to become a centre of economy, industry, trade and services of the region and a trading port of regional standards, noting the city is increasingly attracting domestic and foreign investors, including those from South Africa.
Later on the day, Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa made a field trip to the Pha Rung Shipyard Company in Thuy Nguyen district.VOV