Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received outgoing South African Ambassador to Vietnam Kgomotso Ruth Magau in Hanoi on December 8 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and South Africa should continue to step up trade activities and enhance cooperation in various fields in an attempt to make two-way trade surpass the current over 1 billion USD.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the suggestion at a reception in Hanoi on December 8 for outgoing South African Ambassador to Vietnam Kgomotso Ruth Magau, who came to say good-bye to him.

“The two countries need to facilitate the investment promotion of their businesses, especially in agriculture, one of Vietnam’s strengths,” he said.

Lauding the successful tenure of Kgomotso Ruth Magau as South African Ambassador to Vietnam, the Government leader expressed his wish that she will continue to support the enhancement of Vietnam-South Africa multifaceted cooperation in her new position.

For her part, the ambassador said Vietnam holds an important role in South African’s foreign policy.

The South African Government and people always remember the support and assistance Vietnam has given to their past struggle for independence as well as current national development, she said.

Haling the progressing bilateral relations, she said that the South African Government will continue fostering cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in agriculture, tourism and people-to-people exchange.-VNA