Mpuamalanga and Vietnamese Governments Join Forces to Support Women’s Empowerment

On August 17, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), welcomed Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, Governor of Mpumalanga (South Africa) for a reception in Hanoi. During their meeting, they discussed the importance of gender equality and the role of women in both Vietnam and South Africa for the success of national socio-economic development and bolstering bilateral friendship.


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to Vietnam Vuyiswa Tulelo and representatives of VUFO’s Asia-Africa Department also attended the reception.

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga congratulated South Africa on its achievements in economic and social development, uplifting the country’s position in the international arena. In particular, South Africa will host the Summit of the BRICS on August 24. Vietnam can learn from South Africa’s contribution to the group of developing countries.

VUFO, Mpumalanga to Cooperate to Promote the Role of Vietnamese and South African women
VUFO President Nguyen Phuong Nga discussed with the delegation of Mpumalanga province (South Africa) who are visiting and working in Vietnam (Photo: Thu Ha).

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga said that the relations between Vietnam and South Africa have constantly been consolidated and developed. Recently, many local delegations from South Africa have come to Vietnam. The Vietnamese people have good feelings for the South African people and the revolution for freedom.

VUFO’s cooperation with South Africa is mainly conducted through the Embassy of South Africa in Vietnam and multilateral organizations such as the Vietnam Committee for Solidarity and Cooperation in Asia-Africa-Latin America. In the future, the two countries can strengthen the exchange of local delegations, students, and young female leaders. The two have the potential to exchange experiences in areas such as eliminating the development gap between rural and urban areas and strengthening gender equality. VUFO expresses its willingness to connect the delegation with partners and localities in Vietnam.

VUFO, Mpumalanga to Cooperate to Promote the Role of Vietnamese and South African women
Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, Governor of Mpumalanga (middle) spoke at the meeting (Photo: Thu Ha).

For her part, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane said the Mpumalanga delegation’s visit aims to open up opportunities for understanding and cooperation between the province and Vietnamese partners, towards the two countries’ economic development and 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations. The two countries have many similarities in history, political background, development environment, and have gone through a difficult period of struggle to enter today’s development era. As one of the 71 countries invited to the upcoming BRICS Summit, Vietnam is part of the group’s joint development efforts.

According to Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, South Africa and Vietnam have made great efforts and achieved certain successes in enhancing the role of women. In the coming time, the two sides can promote cooperation and exchange female cadres to share experiences in foreign affairs and agriculture.

Thanh Luan – Hong Anh