New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

New Zealand – Viet Nam Working Holiday Scheme Arrangement signed

The Working Holiday Scheme signing ceremony

The Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Viet Nam H.E. Ms Pham Thi Hai Chuyen and the New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam H.E. Ms Heather Riddell have signed an Arrangement to establish a bilateral Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) between Viet Nam and New Zealand. The signing ceremony took place in Ha Noi on 29 December 2011.

The signature of the Arrangement is significant. It delivers on a bilateral commitment made under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA). This will be Viet Nam’s first WHS with any country. New Zealand has already established similar schemes with over 30 other countries.

Speaking to Viet Namese officials and local media at the signing ceremony, Minister Chuyen expressed her appreciation that the scheme would provide a framework for young people to enjoy reciprocal working holiday opportunities in each other's country, opening up new opportunities for them to gain a better appreciation of the host country’s language and culture, thereby contributing to further strengthening the Comprehensive Partnership between Viet Nam and New Zealand.

Ambassador Riddell said the Working Holiday Scheme would provide another important dimension to the dynamic bilateral relationship, which is now broader and deeper than at any time in its 36 year history, and would also act as a ‘multiplier’ to boost existing areas of cooperation such as tourism, education and business.

The WHS will enable young people from Viet Nam and New Zealand to have an extended holiday to experience the lifestyle and culture of the host country. While holidaying is the primary purpose of the scheme, participants will also have opportunities to work and study during their visit to enhance their experience and knowledge of the other country.

Up to 100 young citizens from each country aged between 18 and 30 will be able to participate in the scheme each year.

The Arrangement will come into effect following completion of respective internal arrangements. These preparations are expected to take several months. More information on developments will be provided on this website once these preparations are completed.

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