New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Foreign Minister McCully visits Viet Nam

New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Murray McCully, visited Hanoi on 25 and 26 January, hosted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr Pham Gia Khiem.

In addition to a substantive bilateral discussion with Minister Khiem, Mr McCully also called on General Secretary of the Communist Party H.E. Mr Nong Duc Manh, Vice President H.E. Madame Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President of the National Assembly H.E. Madame Tong Thi Phong and Minister of Planning and Investment H.E. Mr Vo Hong Phuc.

The visit enabled New Zealand and Vietnamese leaders to discuss a promising new year ahead in the bilateral relationship. Commemoration of the 35th anniversary of NZ – Viet Nam relations (1975 – 2010), the establishment of a bilateral Comprehensive Partnership last year, the entry into force of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) on 1 January and the start of Viet Nam’s year as Chair of ASEAN were all identified as providing fresh opportunities for closer cooperation over the course of the year in a wide range of sectors.

Mr McCully also discussed with Vietnamese leaders the signing in Wellington this week of a bilateral Science and Technology Cooperative Arrangement, development of closer education links, the commencement of Trans Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, and New Zealand’s enhanced engagement with both ASEAN and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

This visit will be the first of many visits by New Zealand ministers and senior officials this year, given the full schedule of ASEAN and East Asia Summit meetings to be hosted by Viet Nam as well as our bilateral objectives.

During his visit Mr McCully also visited Vietnam National University and delivered an address on New Zealand’s relations with Viet Nam and the wider Asian region to students from the College of Economics there. The College has recently developed new undergraduate degree and doctoral joint programme arrangements with New Zealand’s Massey University. The full text of the Minister’s speech is available by clicking on the New Zealand Government Beehive website

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