Vietnam and South Africa have accomplished a draft agreement on civil aviation cooperation that looks to facilitate their tourism, trade and investment in the time to come.

A memorandum of understanding on the work was inked during talks between Deputy Head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam Vo Huy Cuong and Director of Air Transport under the South African Department of Transport Vuwani Ndwamato in Pretoria on May 30.

Comprised of 22 articles, the draft agreement stipulates rights and obligations of the signatories in accordance with each country’s law and the Convention on International Civil Aviation, covering transportation rights, aviation security, flight frequencies, and tax matters, among other issues.

The two sides agreed to hasten preparatory work to submit the document to their governments for approval and signing as soon as possible

The future agreement is expected to create conditions for Vietnamese and South African airlines to devise their operation plans to exploit direct routes or establish code-share flights between the two countries, Cuong told the Pretoria-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent.

“We believe that the outcomes of the talks will be a step forward in the aviation ties between the two countries, helping boost their tourism, trade and investment ties,” he said.-VNA