Vietnam, Mozambique Prioritize Promoting Bilateral Ties
|General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong holds online talks with President of the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) and President of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. Photo: VNA
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong made the affirmation during his online talks with President of the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) and President of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi on June 6, VietnamPlus reported.
Trong said Vietnam consistently pursues its foreign policy of diversification and multilateralisation of relations, and attaches importance to cooperation and traditional friendship with African nations.
He spoke highly of Mozambique’s role, position and contributions to development in Africa, saying Vietnam welcomes the country’s candidacy for non-permanent membership at the United Nations Security Council for 2023-2024.
He also proposed measures to enhance cooperation between the two Parties and countries in the time ahead.
|President of the Liberation Front of Mozambique (FRELIMO) and President of the Republic of Mozambique Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. Photo: VNA
Nyusi, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their solidarity, friendship and support to African countries in general and Mozambique in particular during their past struggles for national liberation as well as the present cause of national construction and development.
Vietnam is a priority in Mozambique’s foreign policy, the leader said, expressing his hope for stronger cooperation and friendship between the two countries and Parties.
The leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two Parties, step up meetings and exchanges through Party, Government and National Assembly channels, as well as people-to-people exchanges.
The two sides should make use of their potential and strengths to boost collaboration in politics-diplomacy, education-training, tourism, culture and people-to-people exchange, while intensifying their coordination at regional and international multilateral forums, for the sake of their people, and for peace, stability and prosperity.
Cooperation opportunities in Africa
|Vietnamese coffee is favoured in Africa. Photo: VNA
Vietnam’s achievements and potential for cooperation with African nations were introduced at the recent 8th Edition of the Africa Forum of Investment and Commerce, Nhan dan (People) newspaper said.
Vietnamese Trade Counselor in Algeria Hoang Duc Nhuan said that Vietnam and African countries have a lot of potential for collaboration in trade and investment, in the context of the latter implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Trade between Vietnam and 55 African countries exceeded $7 billion in 2021, with key Vietnamese exports to the region including industrial products, farm produce, and processed goods. Vietnam imported mainly production materials, liquefied petroleum gas, and copper from Africa.
To date, more than 20 African countries have invested about $2.3 billion in Vietnam, while Vietnam has poured $3.5 billion in Algeria, Cameroon, Angola, Tanzania, and Mozambique, among others.
An article by theafricareport.com said what Vietnam has achieved in the last three decades, and what it is on course to achieve in the future, makes the country a good candidate for low- and middle-income countries in Africa to partner with for shared prosperity.
Vietnam recorded an average annual GDP growth rate of 7% in the last 30 years. The Southeast Asian nation essentially eliminated extreme poverty and led to an improvement in the wellbeing of millions of its people, according to the article.
It noted that Vietnam has been able to make huge progress despite a long colonial history and decades of war.
The article also pointed out the key factors that create Vietnam’s success, including strong political leadership, a state willing to work with private sector, and investment in human resources development.
With an ambition to reach high-income status by 2045, Vietnam seeks new market frontiers and production bases, the article said, stressing that although an extremely export-oriented economy, with export value accounting for 201% of GDP, Vietnam’s trade with Africa is limited. However, African nations could gain a lot from Vietnam’s approach towards the continent.
Vietnam is offering an opportunity for shared learning and growth, it said, adding technology transfer, information sharing and learning by doing together is part of what Vietnam is putting on the table for Africa.
To take advantage of this, African governments are seeking partnership with Vietnam, it went on.
The global development cooperation paradigm is changing, and Africa needs non-traditional partners to learn from and grow with, and Vietnam is one such partner, the article concluded./.
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