New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

New Zealand Ambassador’s visit to HCMC showcases NZ education, wine and food

Ambassador Manning meets HCMC People’s Committee Chairman Quan. Photo courtesy HCMC Government

During a visit to Ho Chi Minh City on 28-29 March, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Viet Nam Haike Manning met the Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Mr Le Hoang Quan, for a discussion on New Zealand’s strengthening relationship with Ho Chi Minh City.

During the meeting Ambassador Manning stressed the importance of Ho Chi Minh City to New Zealand from a business, trade, investment and education perspective.  Education was used as an example of the growing connections which are developing between the two countries, with increasing numbers of young Vietnamese studying in New Zealand, or through New Zealand institutions based in Ho Chi Minh City.  

Ambassador Manning noted that Ho Chi Minh City was home to the largest New Zealand community in Viet Nam, and that New Zealand expats were involved in a range of interesting ventures in the city, including food and beverage, hospitality, IT, timber, specialised clothing manufacture, and various professional services such as law, real estate and consulting.

Ambassador Manning presented a bottle of New Zealand pinot noir wine to Chairman Quan, as an example of the quality premium products that New Zealand has to offer Viet Nam.

Ambassador Manning also attended a New Zealand wine and food tasting event for the local wine and hospitality industries hosted by the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise office based in Ho Chi Minh City.  The event showcased a range of award-winning wines, as well as a variety of New Zealand food suppliers including Silver Fern Farms which supplies premium New Zealand beef,  lamb and venison to the Vietnamese market, Fonterra’s range of Anchor dairy products, New Zealand Natural ice cream, and New Zealand native green shell mussels.

Continuing the education theme, the Ambassador also met New Zealand’s most senior alumni, who studied in New Zealand under the Colombo Plan between 1959 and the early 1970s.  All subsequently rose to senior business and other positions in Viet Nam on the foundation created by their studies.  New Zealand’s continuing contact with our Colombo graduates is a reminder that alumni links can be a valuable lifelong connection.

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