Vietnam chairs ASEAN Pretoria Committee meeting

(VOV) - Ambassador to South Africa Le Huy Hoang, President of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee (APC), presided over its first 2014 meeting on January 22.

At the meeting, Ambassadors from 7 ASEAN member countries set targets and orientations for the first six months of 2014 that center on propping up the image and the prestige of ASEAN and South Africa.

They have also set their sights on strengthening multifaceted cooperation between ASEAN and South Africa to ensure the goals of building the ASEAN community by 2015 are met.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Ambassador Hoang said as the APC coordinator, the Vietnamese Embassy in coordination with other ASEAN embassies will organise activities that seek to elevate the ASEAN image and in turn tap into the  investment, trade and tourism potential of South Africa.

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The APC will also work with South African leaders to advise them on alternative ways to accelerate trade and investment exchanges on the occasion of President Zacob Zuma’s national speech in February 2014 in Cape Town, he added.

In addition, the APC will work with South African research agencies to organise seminars on South Africa and Africa, as well as sports and cultural exchanges, he concluded.

On the same day, Ambassador Hoang held a meeting with 21 Asian ambassadors in South Africa to discuss matters related to the upcoming elections in the country and ways to expand cooperation between Asia and South Africa.