Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made this affirmation while meeting with NZ Governor-General Jerry Mateparae on April 16 during his visit to NZ at the invitation of NZ Deputy PM and Finance Minister Simon English.
Mr. Phuc congratulated NZ on its achievements in national construction and development, especially in restoring Christchurch city after the February 2011 earthquake.
He stressed the importance of increasing mutual visits by high-ranking delegations and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.
The Governor-General spoke highly of Vietnam’s potential, affirming that NZ will cooperate more closely with Vietnam to further boost bilateral relations in the future, especially in economics, trade, investment, tourism, education and training.
The same day, Deputy PM Phuc held talks with Deputy PM and Finance Minister Simon English.
The two sides noted with satisfaction the fine developments in their comprehensive partnership and agreed on measures to complete the Vietnam-NZ action plan in the 2010-2013 period, in order to develop the two countries’ relations more effectively.
They agreed to increase high-level meetings and boost people-to-people exchanges, especially in education, training and tourism.
They also agreed that the two countries should make more efforts to tap their potential and take advantages of opportunities to enhance trade and investment.
NZ has highly valued investment potential in Vietnam and pledged to create conditions for Vietnam’s commodities to enter the NZ market, especially seafood and tropical fruit.
NZ committed to providing more ODA to Vietnam, especially in education and training.
The two sides also agreed to cooperate closely with each other at regional and international forums, including supporting each other’s candidacies to UN agencies as well as in the negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.
They both agreed on the importance of ensuring peace, stability, security, maritime safety and freedom in the East Sea.
Deputy PM Phuc also had separate meetings with New Zealand ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Education, as well as the Attorney General.
Earlier on April 15, the Deputy PM had a meeting with major New Zealand businesses in Auckland, hailing their efforts in coordinating with Vietnamese partners to accelerate trade and investment promotion.
NZ firms highly valued Vietnam’s potential and investment climate, expressing their interest in cooperation with Vietnam, especially in dairy product processing, food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, aviation and construction materials.
During his stay in New Zealand, Mr. Phuc visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Wellington and met with the Vietnamese community.
Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc began a visit to New Zealand on April 14.