Hanoi hosts second Vietnam-Africa conference next week

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An international conference seeking new solutions to boost cooperation between Vietnam and Africa will be held in Hanoi this month with the participation of 23 African nations. 


The three-day event, starting on August 17, will be attended by the ministers of industry and agriculture from the African nations, representatives of 15 international organizations, the United Nations Secretary General, director general of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Secretariat, and hundreds of businesses, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Deputy Foreign Minister Doan Xuan Hung said since the first such conference held in 2003, trade between Vietnam and African nations has increased six times from US$360 million to $2 billion in 2008.


However, there is much greater potential in Vietnam-Africa cooperation waiting to be exploited, Hung said.

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