New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
New Zealand Governor-General to visit Viet Nam
The Governor General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, will undertake an official visit to Viet Nam from 3-8 August, at the invitation of State President H.E. Truong Tan Sang.
The Governor General will be accompanied by his wife, Lady Janine Mateparae, and they will visit both Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. The visit is the second ever visit to Viet Nam by a Governor General of New Zealand. It is Sir Jerry Mateparae’s third visit to Viet Nam – his last visit was in 2008, as Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force.
The visit will further strengthen ties between New Zealand and Viet Nam, and highlights New Zealand’s commitment to building a stronger, deeper partnership with Viet Nam – across all areas of the relationship, including political, trade and investment, education, defence and development.
While in Hanoi, the Governor General will hold official talks with President Sang, call on senior Vietnamese Government and Party Leaders, and will be the guest of honour at a State Banquet. The Governor-General and President Sang will also witness the signing of two agreements between New Zealand and Viet Nam – the second phase of the Comprehensive Partnership Action Plan and a Double Taxation Agreement.
“These two agreements represent important advances in our bilateral relationship,” said New Zealand Ambassador H.E Haike Manning.
“Our new Action Plan will see increased focus on five areas where there are significant opportunities to strengthen partnerships between our two countries: education, agriculture/agribusiness, environmental management and disaster risk management, aviation and tourism.”
“The Double Taxation Agreement will reduce the cost of doing business between Viet Nam and New Zealand by reducing potential tax liabilities for New Zealand and Vietnamese investors and business operating in each other’s countries.”
The programme in Ho Chi Minh City will focus on highlighting key links in business and education between the two countries.
“The New Zealand business community in Ho Chi Minh City plays an essential role in building our trade and investment links with Viet Nam, which are growing strongly, with two-way trade in goods and services exceeding US$750 million in 2012,” said Ambassador Manning.
In HCMC, the Governor General will also preside over the official launch of the Viet Nam/New Zealand New Premium Fruit Variety Development Project which is aimed at supporting sustainable economic development in Viet Nam through the development and commercialisation of high-value fruits.
The Governor General will also preside over two education functions in Ha Noi and in HCMC, with a focus on alumni, as well as promoting New Zealand as an education destination for the next generation of Vietnamese students.
“Education is a key priority for New Zealand in our bilateral relationship with Viet Nam,” commented Ambassador Manning. “We want to encourage more Vietnamese students to experience a high quality education in a safe, friendly environment, and we want to develop stronger relationships between New Zealand and Vietnamese institutions here in Viet Nam.”
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