Doan Nguyen Duc, chairman of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Corporation, has rejected all accusations made against his company of deforesting and appropriating land in Laos and Cambodia by the NGO Global Witness, calling them "groundless."
Vice President Nguyen Thị Doan held talks with the visiting Vice President of Angola, Fernando Dias Dos Santos in Hanoi on Feb. 15.
Doan said the visit by the Angolan Vice President is a vivid symbol of the solidarity between Vietnam and Angola in the spirit of comprehensive, equal partnership for mutual support and development.
She affirmed Vietnam wants to strengthen and develop the relationship with traditional friends in Africa, including Angola. “We are willing to work closely with Angola in the cause of national construction and development for the prosperity of both nations,“ Doan said.
The Angolan Vice President expressed the wish for stronger cooperation with Vietnam in all fields, in particular agriculture, health care, education, and oil and gas.
The two leaders agreed to accelerate the implementation of signed agreements and seek measures to expand cooperation to such fields as construction, mining and telecommunications.
Angola is one of Vietnam’s major trading partners in South Africa, with two-way trade reaching 55 million USD in the first nine months of 2011.
Following the talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperative agreements in culture and technology.
On this occasion, Vice President Fernando Dias Dos Santos attended the official opening of the Angolan Embassy in Vietnam.