New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Ambassador H.E. Haike Manning successfully concluded his first visit to Binh Dinh Province from 9 to 11 April 2013
Ambassador Manning first made his introductory calls on the Provincial Party Secretary, H.E. Nguyen Van Thien and Provincial Chairman, H.E. Le Huu Loc. Both sides highly appreciated a long-term partnership between New Zealand and Binh Dinh province grounded in a long history and in strong mutual interests.
Binh Dinh has been a geographical focus of New Zealand Aid Programme over the past decade. New Zealand has cooperated with Binh Dinh to successfully implement a number of bilateral projects in health, education, land administration, and agricultural sectors. All projects have delivered tangible results, including increased income, improved living standards and quality public services for Binh Dinh people.
On this occasion, Ambassador Manning visited Binh Dinh Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Project, meeting with local authorities, farmers and entrepreneurs in An Nhon, Tuy Phuoc, and Hoai Nhon districts. The objective of this project is to improve farmers’ livelihoods in the area of safe vegetable production, cattle and rabbit production, and coconut processing. To date, up to 870 farmers and more than 100 representatives of local authorities and project partners have benefited from the project’s activities. “New Zealand will cooperate with Binh Dinh to further enhance the competitiveness of the provincial agriculture sector and the project’s sustainability through utilizing New Zealand agricultural expertise and strengthening linkages to markets”, Ambassador Manning said.
During his visit, Ambassador Manning also paid a visit to Tan Phu school funded under the New Zealand Early Childhood Education Project and gave a talk at Quy Nhon University for the lecturers and students. The Ambassador underlined that education cooperation is another important component in the New Zealand - Viet Nam relations. He was glad to know that Binh Dinh officials who participated in the New Zealand English Language Training for Officials Programme are effectively utilizing the skills and knowledge obtained in New Zealand in their daily work. He trusted that three lecturers of Quy Nhon University who have been awarded NZ - ASEAN Scholar Awards will make valuable contributions to the provincial education when they are back.
Concluding the visit, Ambassador Manning said, “I am very impressed with Binh Dinh’s socio-economic development achievements. I am confident that Binh Dinh will make a greater success under the strong provincial leadership. New Zealand is committed to promoting its strategic partnership with Binh Dinh province not only in development assistance but also in commercial linkages”.