Vietnam president starts Indonesia visit, attends Asian-African Conference

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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President Truong Tan Sang and the Vietnamese delegation arrives in Halim Perdanakusuma airport Tuesday afternoon . Photo: Truong Son President Truong Tan Sang and the Vietnamese delegation arrives in Halim Perdanakusuma airport Tuesday afternoon . Photo: Truong Son
Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang arrived in Jakarta on April 21, starting his three-day visit for the 2015 Asian-African Conference.
The visit is made at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the occasion of the 60th Commemoration of the Asian-African Conference, better known as the Bandung Conference, and the 10th anniversary of the New Strategic Asian-African Partnership.
Themed “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity”, the 60th Conference expects to adopt three documents, namely the Bandung Message 2015, the Declaration to reactivate the New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership and the Palestine Declaration.
The forum is aimed to bridge Asian and African nations to stronger partnership and to share experiences in enhancing both regions’ economic development. The participants will also discuss solutions to overcome common challenges through strengthening South-South Cooperation.
Delegates from 109 Asian and African countries, 16 observer countries, and 25 international organizations have been invited to take part in this important event, to be held in Jakarta and Bandung April 19-24.
The agenda includes the Senior Official Meeting on April 19, the Ministerial Meeting on April 20, and the Leaders Meeting April 22-23.
The Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference will be held in Bandung on April 24.
The Vietnamese delegation is scheduled to attend plenary sessions, bilateral meetings, a procession and inauguration of Asia – Africa memorial in Bandung city in western Java southeast of Jakarta.
Currently, Vietnam has diplomatic relations with 52 out of the 55 African nations, and trade relations with all of them. Two-way trade has increased considerably from under US$500 million in 2005 to around $4.3 billion in 2013, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
The country has so far invested more than $2 billion in a number of projects, mostly in such fields as oil and gas, telecommunications, construction, and agriculture, in Algeria, Maroc, Cameroon, Burundi, Tanzania, and Angola.
 

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