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Intensifying and deepening Viet Nam - New Zealand comprehensive partnership
15/4/2015 15:41' Send Print
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

After the official welcoming ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held official talks with Prime Minister John Key and attended an official banquet given by Prime Minister John Key, in the presence of senior ministers and leaders from both New Zealand and Viet Nam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also called on the Governor General of New Zealand, Lt General Jerry Mateparae, the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Mr. David Carter, and the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Andrew Little.

On 20 March, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung presided over a business discussion with representation from senior New Zealand business leaders, and visited Auckland University of Technology to meet with Vietnamese and New Zealand students and overseas Vietnamese. Both leaders welcomed the remarkable progress in the bilateral relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and New Zealand on 19 June 1975, and welcomed the programme of activities and events planned in both countries to mark the important milestone of 40 years of diplomatic relations during 2015.

Both sides also noted the commemoration of 40 years of relations between New Zealand and ASEAN during 2015, and recognized the strength of the existing Comprehensive Partnership between New Zealand and ASEAN.

The two leaders reviewed progress in the relationship since the establishment of the Comprehensive Partnership between New Zealand and Viet Nam in 2009.

The two sides welcomed efforts to implement the Comprehensive Partnership Action Plan of 2010-2013 and positive achievements in the implementation of the Comprehensive Partnership Action of 2013-2016, and noted the value of existing coordination mechanisms between the two countries, including the Joint Trade and Economic Commission which had met most recently in November 2014, the Political Consultations between the two Foreign Ministries (with the next meeting scheduled during 2015), the annual bilateral Defense Talks, the Strategic Defense Dialogue, and the Track II dialogue between the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam and the Asia New Zealand Foundation, which had met in February 2015.

The two sides noted recent high level visits in both directions, including the Head of State visit to Viet Nam by the Governor General of New Zealand, Lt General Jerry Mateparae, in August 2013.

The two leaders welcomed important new agreements between the two countries, including the Double Taxation Agreement (2013) and the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation (2013), and on 19 March witnessed the signing of two new agreements: the new Protocol to amend the bilateral Air Services Agreement between New Zealand and Viet Nam and the Arrangement on Food Safety and other Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues.

The two leaders noted the level of two-way goods trade at June 2014 at over US$800 million, representing 120% growth in the five years since the Comprehensive Partnership was signed, as well as increased balance in trade.

The two leaders further expressed confidence that the aspirational target of US$1 billion in annual two way goods and services trade by the end of 2015 would be achieved. The two sides agreed to continue to encourage maximum uptake of all available opportunities and benefits available under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) by the respective business communities.

The two sides reaffirmed the importance of sectoral strategic engagement in the five focus areas identified in the 2013-2016 Action Plan, namely: agriculture and agribusiness; education; aviation; clean technology, environmental management and disaster risk management; and tourism.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highly appreciated the effective development assistance provided by the New Zealand Government to Viet Nam, with a focus on agriculture, skills and knowledge, and disaster risk management.

Prime Minister John Key highlighted New Zealand’s intention to continue to provide development assistance to Viet Nam, focusing on transferring New Zealand knowledge and technology to address critical development issues.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also noted New Zealand’s introduction to a proposed new mode of cooperation with Viet Nam, named Government-to-Government Commercial Partnerships, which provide an opportunity for Viet Nam to access world-class New Zealand Government Intellectual Property.

The two sides reiterated with appreciation the excellent and close coordination between the two countries in regional fora such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+) process, and the East Asia Summit (EAS), recognizing the importance of these fora in enhancing and maintaining regional prosperity and in addressing regional security challenges.

The two leaders reiterated their commitment to concluding high-quality, comprehensive free trade agreements including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in 2015, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement which significantly builds on existing ASEAN+1 FTAs.

The two sides agreed to continue to consult and work closely together, wherever possible, on key international issues such as multilateral trade initiatives, global peace and security, including through cooperation on climate change and other environmental issues. New Zealand and Viet Nam expressed a commitment to further enhance cooperation with peacekeeping training.

Both sides welcomed the support provided for their respective candidacies in multilateral bodies, and expressed a commitment to continue such support wherever possible.

Prime Minister John Key again expressed New Zealand’s gratitude for Viet Nam’s strong support for New Zealand’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2015-16 term and expressed its support for Viet Nam’s successful hosting of APEC in 2017.

New Zealand and Viet Nam emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region and peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Recognizing the considerable progress in the relationship since the signing of the Comprehensive Partnership in 2009, and following the success of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to New Zealand during March 19-20, the two leaders agreed on a common vision to further deepen and intensify the existing Comprehensive Partnership toward the establishment of a Strategic Partnership in the coming time.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also extended an invitation for Prime Minister John Key to visit Viet Nam as soon as possible. Prime Minister John Key accepted the invitation with pleasure. Dates for the visit will be finalized through the diplomatic channel.

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