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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to New Zealand
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his wife and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Andern. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Andern and witnessed the signing of cooperation documents; met with Speaker of the House of Representative Trevor Mallard; had a telephone talk with Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy; met the Mayor of Aucland city; attended the Vietnam-New Zealand Business Forum; received some large corporations and businesses of New Zealand; visited the New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research; visited and talked with lecturers and students of the University of Waikato; had discussion with the President of Auckland University of Technology and met with Vietnamese community in New Zealand.

The official welcome of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife and the high-level delegation of Vietnam tool place at the Government House in Auckland with 19-salute and special ceremony following the tradition of the Maori, the first indigenous people to settle in New Zealand. This is the highest ceremony given to the Head of Government.

The two Prime Minister held open, frank and sincere talks, assessing the results of recent cooperation and agreeing on important directions for cooperation at a time when the newly-signed CPTPP has opened up new and great potential to deepen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries. The two sides concurred to maintain the exchange of delegations and delegations, especially high-level ones while strengthening people-to-people exchanges; actively implement specific cooperation within the framework of the newly-signed Defence Cooperation Action Plan 2018-2021. The two sides agreed on numerous trade and investment promotion activities, including the facilitation of farm and fishery products, in order to bring bilateral trade to US$1.7-2 billion by 2020.

The two sides also agreed to further focus on education, considering it a potential sector. The leaders set the target to increase the number of Vietnamese students in New Zealand by 30% by 2020 facilitating further student exchanges, university-to-university joint programmes and other cooperation in both countries. The two sides pledged to promote other areas of cooperation such as national security and defence, agriculture, labor, tourism and culture, among others. The two Prime Ministers highly appreciated and affirmed continued cooperation and mutual support in regional and international forums, including the United Nations, WTO, EAS, APEC, and ASEM.

The New Zealand Prime Minister announced two new ODA projects, including a three-year $1.5 million New Zealand-funded cooperation program to assist Vietnamese farmers in production modernization, safe food production and income improvement and a $0.5 million project to help Vietnam’s Electricity Regulatory Authority build a wholesale electricity market that improves efficiency and utilizes renewable energy.

After the talks, the two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of three important cooperation documents between ministries and branches of the two countries in economic and trade, food safety and quality management and education and training. The two sides issued a Joint Statement on Advancing the Comprehensive Partnership toward the Strategic Partnership.

Speaking at the reception given by New Zealand Prime Minister after the talks, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc quoted a Maori proverb "Nau te raurau Naku te raurau ka ora ai te iwi", implying cooperation and efforts of both sides would bring about good results, emphasizing that with the efforts and determination of the leaders and peoples of the two countries, the two sides will soon reach the goal of elevating bilateral relations to strategic partnership in the earliest time.

During the visit, the Prime Minister was engaged in investment promotion activities, met and had dialogues with businesses at the Vietnam-New Zealand Business Forum and witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries.

Addressing 300 businesses in the two countries, the Prime Minister said the two countries' economies are more complementary than competitive. This is an opportunity for mutually beneficial cooperation and development, confirming that Vietnam's investment environment has improved and the Government of Vietnam is continuing to strive for a competitive business environment to stand in the leading group of ASEAN. "I think that today's meeting is just the beginning, with the large market like Vietnam, it will definitely be a good opportunity for the two countries to cooperate for mutual benefit and development," said the Prime Minister, expressing his belief that after the Forum, many new contracts would be signed in the win-win spirit.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister paid a visit to the University of Waikato, New Zealand's leading school having high ranking in the world. Speaking to the university’s students, the Prime Minister stated Vietnam considers education-training a primary national policy, talent as the national resource and education and training cooperation with New Zealand an important pillar. The Prime Minister expressed hope that Vietnamese students would contribute significantly to boosting the relationship between Vietnam and New Zealand, bringing about prosperity and a bright future for peoples of the two countries.

During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with officials and staff of the Vietnamese embassy and Vietnamese community representatives who are living, working, and studying in New Zealand.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's visit to New Zealand constituted a driving force, deepening the comprehensive partnership established in 2009 between the two countries, and taking bilateral ties to a new high of Strategic Partnership.

Nguyen Duc