Inspired by recent remarks from Vietnam’s Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi, about a forthcoming study visit to Vietnam by a group of African policy specialists and influencers, we have approached the Johannesburg-based organisers to justify our curiosity. Director of the Brenthurst Foundation Greg Mills (L) and Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga at an international seminar in Hanoi in November 2018 It is not easy to be granted an interview with the Director of the Brenthurst Foundation, the renowned South African think tank; not only is Dr Greg Mills away from his Parktown office due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he has also been panelling numerous webinars – both for his excellent professional expertise in international relations and development in Asia and Africa, as well as to launch his latest book titled: ‘The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia’, co-authored with former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, and Brenthurst Foundation researcher Emily van der Merwe. The book starts with images of Vietnam. Imagine, too, how this man from South Africa found himself in Vietnam in 1994, just after the birth of democracy in his own country. In the capacity… Read full this story
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