NDO – Prof. Dr. Ta Ngoc Tan, a member of the Party Central Committee and Director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (NAP) visited South Africa from November 3-8 to boost co-operation between Vietnam and the African country in training and scientific research.

During the talks held in Johannesburg between Tan and the South African Communist Party (SACP)’s Secretary of External Relations Christopher Matlhako, the two sides exchanged information relating to the training of managers and leaders, the political theory research of the two Parties and socio-economic situations of each country.

They agreed to boost co-operation between the NAP and SACP’s Chris Hani Institute in training, research and academic exchange.

Matlhako expressed his hope for further collaboration with the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and other relevant Vietnamese agencies.

In Cape Town, Tan met with SACP Politburo member Martins, Head of the National Assembly (NA)’s Committee on Health Dunjwa, Head of the NA Committee on Labour Loliwe, and several politburo members of the SACP.

The guest updated South African officials on Vietnam’s recent achievements in socio-economic development, the policy on boosting international integration, expanding and promoting international relations of the CPV, as well as the NAP’s international co-operation in training managers and leaders of Vietnam and research work.

South African parliamentarians briefed the guest on the country’s situation and expressed their hope to learn of Vietnam’s experiences in hunger eradication, poverty reduction, sustainable development and social equality.

Both sides agreed to boost relations between scientists of policy-makers from both countries and enhance co-operation in education and training.

Tan and his entourage had meetings with leaders from the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa’s National School of Government (NSG), the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa to discuss measures to enhance bilateral co-operation in training, research and experience sharing.

After meetings with leaders from the UJ, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing co-operation in research, experience sharing in training and exchange of lecturers and students between the UJ and the NAP was signed.

Another MoU was also inked at the conclusion of the meeting between the Vietnamese delegation and leaders from the NSG to boost co-operation and exchange in training and scientific research in public management and policies.

During their stay in Pretoria, the delegation visited and worked with the Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa.