Daily Archives: October 4, 2016

Marriott International Opens Doors for Business, Tourism and Career Opportunities in Rwanda

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South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, to begin his diplomatic working visit, which kicks off Monday.

During his visit, Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to hold bilateral discussions with his counterpart, Vice President A�?ng Th?nh, today, said the Presidency in a statement.

The Deputy President's visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral political, economic and trade relations between South Africa and Vietnam.

The Deputy President's delegation includes Deputy Ministers Nomaindia Mfeketo, Gratitude Magwanishe, Madala Masuku, Barbara Thomson, Bheki Cele and Kebby Maphatsoe.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will also pay a courtesy call on President Tran Dan Quanga and Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguy?n PhA� Tr?ng.

On Tuesday, the Deputy President will pay his respects at the gravesite of the late former Chairman of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Ho Chi Minh.

He will later interact with Vietnamese business leaders in the ship-building and aquaculture sectors before visiting the Pha Rung ship-building site.

The working visit to Vietnam is at the invitation of the Vietnamese Vice President. The visit will be used to explore possibilities of breaking into new areas of trade and investment to help unlock trade imbalances between South and Vietnam.

Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown significantly from R13.4 billion to R18.5 billion in 2015, making Vietnam the fourth largest trading partner of South Africa in the Asian region.

By 2015, South African imports from Vietnam amounted to R16.3 billion from R11.5 billion in 2014. Exports were at R2.3 billion in 2015 from R1.9 billion in 2014, creating a trade deficit for South Africa amounting to R13.7 billion.

For South Africa, Vietnam offers great trading opportunities, particularly in the mining sector, roads and infrastructure as well as the defence industry.

The visit of Deputy President Ramaphosa will also seek to diversify South African exports to Vietnam by identifying new areas for market access of South African products. Vietnam is internationally recognised for its expertise in the field of missile defence systems, said the Presidency.

The Deputy President will also explore possibilities of increasing the number of South African students receiving training in the maritime economy.

Currently, there are six South African students studying at the Maritime University in Hai Phong, Hanoi. South Africa hopes to also increase study courses to include ship building.

Vietnam's shipbuilding industry is ranked fifth in the world, with 60 ship-building and repairing yards.

Deputy President Ramaphosa's working visit is expected to build a partnership between Vietnam and South Africa in the development of South Africa's aquaculture sector.

Vietnam has utilised aquaculture as one of its key development programmes in addressing the challenges of poverty and unemployment.

To deepen bilateral political, economic and trade relations, the two countries launched the Partnership Forum for Economic, Trade, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Co-operation in 2004 to regulate relations between the two countries.

The forum has thus far agreed to expand co-operation to include the areas of defence, security, justice, agriculture, environment, water resources, transport, education and science and technology.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will conclude his visit to Vietnam on Tuesday ahead of his planned visit to Singapore on Oct 5-7.

Source: Nam News Network

Deputy President Ramaphosa concludes working visit to Vietnam and proceeds to Republic of Singapore

Deputy President Ramaphosa concludes successful working visit to Vietnam and proceeds to the Republic of SingaporeSouth African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today, Tuesday 4 October 2016, concluded his successful visit to the Socialist Republic of ...

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Investment in research infrastructure vital to global development

Scientists at the international conference on research infrastructure in Cape Town have commended the efforts of governments to deliver on the global science facility, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

The SKA radio telescope is one of the biggest international research infrastructures in the world and will assist scientists all over the world to work towards answering previously insoluble questions. The SKA has seen huge financial injections from the governments of South Africa, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom, among others.

The SKA has attracted great interest internationally. Already more than 500 astronomers, 58 from Africa, have submitted proposals to do scientific work using the SKA once it is complete.

Professor Philip Diamond, the Director General of the SKA Organisation in the United Kingdom, told the International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2016) that many governments across the world are beginning to support the project.

He was addressing over 500 scientists and researchers from 60 countries gathered in Cape Town for the event, which kicked off on 3 October. The researchers are deliberating on the relevance of research infrastructure, such as the SKA, to advance knowledge and technology.

The conference was officially opened by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor and the European Commission's Director General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits.

"I remain impressed that governments across the world are willing to make compromises to deliver on the global science facility," said Prof Diamond.

He said a project like the SKA could not have been built without international collaboration. "It adds cost, complexity and risk � but it is worth it."

The Deputy Director General for Large Research Infrastructure in Germany, Dr Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, said such infrastructure is necessary to provide opportunities for training scientists and engineers, who will in turn contribute to economic development.

"People from different countries with different culture and backgrounds work together, learn to cooperate with each other and gain intercultural knowledge," said Dr Vierkorn-Rudolph.

The conference will also see the launch of South Africa's first own roadmap on research infrastructure as a guide to the country's deployment of such infrastructures. The launch will take place this afternoon.

Minister Pandor said research infrastructures were the lifeblood of any successful system of innovation, and should be used to solve some of the challenges the world is facing today.

Source: South African Government News Agency