New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Governor-General completes successful state visit to Viet Nam

The Governor General and President H.E. Mr Truong Tan Sang inspect the guard of honour

New Zealand Governor-General Lt Gen the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, accompanied by his wife Lady Janine Mateparae, enjoyed a very successful state visit to Viet Nam on 3-8 August.

During the visit Their Excellencies received a generous welcome from their host, Vietnamese State President H.E. Mr Truong Tan Sang.  The Governor-General held bilateral talks with President Sang, and met General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam H.E. Mr Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister H.E. Mr Nguyen Tan Dung and President of the National Assembly H.E. Mr Nguyen Sinh Hung.  In Ho Chi Minh City the Governor-General met Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee H.E. Mr Le Hoang Quan.

Governor-General Mateparae and President Sang witnessed the signing of two important documents – a new Double Taxation Agreement between New Zealand and Viet Nam; and an Action Plan to guide the implementation of the New Zealand-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership over the period 2013-16.

The visit also provided the chance to highlight different aspects of the modern bilateral relationship.  This included two large events in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City to highlight growing education connections and partnerships between New Zealand and Viet Nam; the launch of a US$4.1 million NZ development assistance project to produce and commercialise new varieties (colours/tastes) of Vietnamese dragonfruit; and a visit to Ba Chieu Girl’s Home in HCMC to celebrate many years of assistance provided by the New Zealand Government, NZ Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam and NZ businesses.

Highlights of the visit have been posted on the Embassy’s Facebook site

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