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  29 June 2016 Issue 174 - Trade route





Vietnam- A Country of Peace

Following a visit by H.E. Mr. Do Thang Hai, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Trade and Industries, to South Africa on 7 June 2016 for the 3rd Session of the South Africa – Vietnam Joint Trade Committee, greater trade, investment and tourism is expected between the two countries.
Photo: Deputy Ministers Masina & Thang Hai signing the minutes of the 3rd SA-Vietnam Joint Trade Committee
Business to business discussions held at the Vietnam Embassy explored opportunities in textiles, electronics, food and agriculture, coal and timber amongst others.
A Vietnam-South Africa Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Forum was held in conjunction with the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Vietnam Embassy in South Africa shortly after Minister Do Thang Hai’s visit, indicating Vietnam’s commitment to increasing bilateral exchanges.

Agriculture in Poland

Poland is an important European and global producer of agricultural, horticultural and animal products. In 2014, the global value of the agricultural production amounted to PLN 106 billion.    
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and the Rural Development of the Republic of Poland, Hon Jacek Bogucki made an official visit to the Republic of South Africa from 17 to 21 June 2016. 
Photo:  Deputy Minister Bogucki, Ambassador Raduchowska – Brochwicz and Minister Nkwinti
The delegation consisted of Animal Health Inspection, Krzysztof Jażdżewski, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and the Rural Development, Tomasz Zmiejko and Senior Expert at the Department of International Cooperation, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and the Rural Development, Sylwia Zajączkowska – Jakimiak.
The Polish Deputy Minister Bogucki participated in official talks with the SA Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr Senzeni Zokwana, Mr Gugile Nkwinti the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform and SA companies in Pretoria.



Black Coffee wins for Best International Act: Africa award

Congratulations to Black Coffee for winning the Best International Act: Africa award! South African musicians nominated for Best International Act: Africa were AKA, Black Coffee and Cassper Nyovest. They were also accompanied by TV hosts Nandi Mngoma, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba and Lerato Ngkanyago.

South African animation wins top prize

A South African animation called Stick Man has won the top prize for a TV production at the world animation festival Annecy.  The Le Cristal award was presented to Triggerfish, a Cape Town based animation studio and Magic Light Pictures for the half-hour Christmas special about a happy-go-lucky father’s epic journey to make it home in time for the festive season.

South African Ambassador and musicians welcomed at European University Institute

Reaching out to the far southern hemisphere, on Saturday 25 June the European University Institute welcomed a group of young South African musicians to perform for the EUI community and its friends. 
Under the instruction and direction of Berthine van Schoor, one of South Africa’s finest cellists, Sifiso Khebeza, Neo Buthelezi and Mpho Ngobeni made their European debut playing for an international audience at the EUI’s villa Schifanoia in Florence.  The young artists are all students of Ms. Van Schoor’s cello academy community outreach project in Pretoria.   The project allows for young cellists from previously disadvantaged communities to receive world-class cello instruction.
Pictured with the musicians are EUI Secretary-General Vincenzo Schioppa Narrante, formerly Italy’s Ambassador to South Africa (l) and South African Ambassador to Italy Nomatemba Tambo (r).

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Norway Enhanced Stability and Development in Asia and Africa

 By Srimal Fernando Global Editor, The Diplomatic Society

Over the past five decades, Norway built an outstanding reputation as one of the largest foreign aid donors in the world and started to play a foremost role in the areas of peace building and development in Asia and in Africa since the early eighties. Norway began providing development co-operation assistance to  Asia and Africa  from 1960 and has contributed almost  59.1  billion Kroners in development aid  to Asia  and  124.7  billion  Kroners to  Africa in the past fifty years (Norad  2015). 

Photo: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Borge Brende

In 2015 during the new year's address Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg  said “In recent decades, our petroleum activities have been an engine of economic growth. They have created huge revenues and secure jobs, and have made it possible for us to develop one of the best welfare societies in the world. Many Norwegians are working in other parts of the world to make a difference for other people. Soldiers serving abroad, aid workers in humanitarian organisations or engaged in UN operations”.



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