Vietnam-NZ relationship strengthens

NZ Governor General with ELTO Alumni
NZ Governor General with ELTO Alumni

ELTO Alumni enjoyed several parties hosted by the New Zealand Government in August 2013. The  celebrations were in honour of  the Governor General Jerry Mateparae's visit to the region. This  visit was to strengthen ties  and  reinforce links especially in economics, trade and investment. Events were held in Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Vientiane, all attended by many ELTO Alumni.

This was Mateparae's first trip to the region since he took office and only the second visit of a New Zealand Governor-General.
At the official reception for the Governor General in Hanoi, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said he hoped New Zealand would tighten co-operation with Viet Nam in the combat against climate change, rising sea levels and studies on clean energy.
The Party leader said he appreciated New Zealand's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam, which contributed to its socio-economic development.
Governor-General Mateparae said that New Zealand attached much importance to strengthening its comprehensive partnership with Viet Nam in all fields.
Viet Nam and New Zealand also agreed on measures to develop their bilateral partnership. The agreement was reached during the talks between President Truong Tan Sang and the visiting New Zealand Governor-General.
They agreed to maintain the exchanges of delegations at all levels and people-to-people exchanges and work on co-operation deals reached in the past.
At the same time, the two sides should keep bilateral co-operation mechanisms like political consultations, national defence dialogue, and a joint committee on economic and trade co-operation.
They also agreed to strengthen ties between the two legislative bodies via the Viet Nam-New Zealand Parliamentary Friendship Group and by co-hosting practical activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015.
Then on 25 September, in Hanoi, Viet Nam and New Zealand  agreed to raise bilateral trade to US$1 billion by 2015.
The agreement was made during talks between Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Finance, Bill English.
In an effort to realise the ambitious target, the two deputy PMs pledged implementation of the 2013-2016 Plan of Action and the tax avoidance agreement signed during Governor General Jerry Mateparae's visit to Viet Nam in August this year.
During the talks, the two deputy PMs also agreed to increase exchanges of delegations and strengthen co-operation in security, tourism, agriculture, energy and mineral exploitation, and education. The two leaders also pledged to increase co-operation between the legislative bodies of both countries and increase people-to-people exchanges.
Ninh affirmed Viet Nam's policy of valuing co-operation with countries in the South Pacific, including New Zealand.
He thanked New Zealand for providing official development assistant (ODA) to Viet Nam and affirmed support for New Zealand's ASEAN Strategy, unveiled by Prime Minister John Key in July this year.
He stressed Viet Nam would work closely with New Zealand and other relevant countries to resolve negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.
English affirmed that New Zealand considered Viet Nam one of its most valued partners within the ASEAN community and the Asia-Pacific region.
He said the New Zealand Government would continue providing ODA to Viet Nam at a steady level, adding that he was satisfied with the progress of New Zealand-funded development projects in the country.
The two sides praised the partnership between Viet Nam and New Zealand, acknowledging co-operation at the political and socio-economic level.
They discussed regional and international issues and agreed to co-operate closely at multilateral forums, including the East Asia Summit (EAS), Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum (APEC), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. — VNS
Source: Vietnam News