Vietnam’s deputy prime minister visits Angola after Mozambique

4 August 2015

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai begins on Wednesday a three-day visit to Angola with “strengthened bilateral cooperation” on the agenda, the Angolan Foreign Ministry announced on Monday in Luanda.

A statement issued by the ministry indicated that the focus would be on exchanging information to enhance bilateral political and economic relations and on the identification of “new cooperation areas”, specifically at technical, scientific and cultural level.

Hai’s visit to Luanda will include meetings with State Minister and Presidential Chief-of-Staff Edeltrudes Costa and with the ministers of Foreign Affairs (Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti), Industry (Bernardo Gonçalves Martins) and Agriculture and Rural Development (Afonso Pedro Canga).

Political and diplomatic relations between Angola and Vietnam date to 12 November 1975, the day after Angola achieved independence.

Three years later, the two countries signed a general cooperation agreement, followed by protocols for activities in the oil, education, higher education, health and agriculture sectors, among others.

Vietnam’s deputy prime minister was in Mozambique, where he agreed with Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário to create instruments to enhance cooperation between government bodies and business entities from both countries.

The Vietnamese government member also stated that the success of Movitel, a partnership between Vietnam’s Viettel group and the Mozambican company SPI, had motivated entrepreneurs from his country to invest in the Mozambican market. (Macauhub/AO/MZ)