New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Viet Nam
The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Murray McCully, will visit Viet Nam from 25 - 27 March 2014. Minister McCully’s visit is further evidence of New Zealand’s commitment to strengthening the already excellent bilateral relationship with Viet Nam.One focus of the visit will be to explore opportunities for further expanding the relationship as the two countries celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2015.
The relationship between Viet Nam and New Zealand has grown significantly in the last 10 years, with excellent cooperation in areas such as trade and economic relations, education, development, defence, police and customs. New Zealand and Viet Nam signed a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement in 2009.
“This visit is the latest in a series of significant high level visits from New Zealand to Viet Nam over the past 18 months, and reflects the importance New Zealand attaches to our ever growing relationship with Viet Nam,” says New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Haike Manning. “New Zealand and Viet Nam will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2015, and we’re looking forward to marking this milestone with a series of events and activities in Viet Nam which showcase New Zealand culture, education and high quality products to the Vietnamese public.”
During his visit to Ha Noi, Minister McCully will meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh to review progress in the bilateral relationship, as well to discuss common interests in regional and multilateral fora. Minister McCully will also meet with Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh to discuss New Zealand’s development assistance partnership with Viet Nam, as well as the broader trade and investment relationship between the two countries.
Minister McCully will also be presiding over the launch of two tourism-related initiatives: a nationwide NZ tourism themed competition and the appointment of Ms Jennifer Pham as the New Zealand Embassy’s Honorary Tourism Envoy in Viet Nam for 2014.