New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Viet Nam and New Zealand release joint statement at end of visit - September 2009

Viet Nam and New Zealand have issued a Joint Statement on a Comprehensive Partnership at the conclusion of a successful visit to New Zealand by the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, H.E. Mr Nong Duc Manh.

General Secretary Manh visited New Zealand from 9-12 September, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem, Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and other senior Vietnamese leaders and officials. This was the latest in a series of high-level Vietnamese visits to New Zealand, following Prime Ministerial and Presidential visits in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

The Joint Statement expresses a shared intention to develop a bilateral ‘comprehensive partnership’ between both countries, in order to “open a new stage of development in the friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and New Zealand”. The full text of the statement appears below.

Joint Statement On The Comprehensive Partnership Between The Socialist Republic Of Viet Nam And New Zealand

  1. At the invitation of the Honorable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam His Excellency Mr Nong Duc Manh paid an official visit to New Zealand from 9 to 12 September 2009.
  2. An official welcoming ceremony in honour of General Secretary Nong Duc Manh took place at Parliament House in Wellington on 10 September 2009. During his visit, General Secretary Nong Duc Manh held talks with Prime Minister John Key and attended an official banquet hosted by Prime Minister Key. General Secretary Nong Duc Manh also called on the Governor General of New Zealand, Hon Sir Anand Satyanand; met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Dr Lockwood Smith; met representatives of the New Zealand - Viet Nam Friendship Association, officials from the Embassy of Viet Nam and representatives of the Vietnamese community and students in New Zealand. General Secretary Nong Duc Manh also visited the Plant & Food Research Institute in Auckland.
  3. During talks and meetings, both leaders acknowledged the positive development of each country and hoped that they would both quickly overcome the negative impacts of the current economic and financial crisis in order to maintain stability and facilitate further development. Leaders welcomed the positive role each country played in the region and the world at large.
  4. General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and Prime Minister John Key had sincere and open talks on bilateral cooperation as well as on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The two sides welcomed the remarkable progress in the bilateral relationship and the multi-faceted cooperation that had developed between Viet Nam and New Zealand since the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and New Zealand nearly 35 years ago (16 June 1975). The two sides agreed to establish a Viet Nam - New Zealand Comprehensive Partnership reflecting the interests of the two countries in further broadening and deepening the bilateral relationship, and through this to work together to achieve peace, stability, cooperation, development and prosperity in the region and the world at large.
  5. In that spirit, the two sides agreed to further promote cooperation in such areas as politics, economics, trade and investment, development assistance, education and training, tourism, culture, labour, customs, police, national security and defence. The two sides also agreed to broaden cooperation in other potential fields such as science and technology, agriculture, environment and other fields of mutual interest. Both sides deeply valued the outcomes of cooperation mechanisms between the two countries such as the Joint Trade and Economic Commission, Political Consultation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, bilateral Defence Talks, and the new bilateral Track II Dialogue.
  6. General Secretary Nong Duc Manh highly appreciated the effective cooperation and assistance that the Government of New Zealand accorded to Viet Nam in the cause of national construction and development, especially in the fields of education, training, and rural livelihoods. Prime Minister John Key confirmed that New Zealand planned to continue its development assistance programme to Viet Nam in the years ahead.
  7. The two sides agreed to advance the signing of cooperation documents in the areas of science and technology, customs, and police, and accelerate discussions on a possible Double Taxation Agreement.
  8. The two sides expressed satisfaction with the signing of the ASEAN – Australia - New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA). General Secretary Nong Duc Manh deeply appreciated New Zealand’s recognition of Viet Nam’s market economy status and its agreement to receive 100 Vietnamese chefs, 100 Vietnamese professional engineers and negotiate a reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme for up to 100 from each country. The two sides also agreed to soon finalize related procedures for the implementation of these agreements. Both sides have shared interests in promoting trade liberalisation through the multilateral trade framework by combating protectionism and concluding the WTO Doha Round. Prime Minister John Key noted that, in recognition of Viet Nam’s status as a very recently acceded Member, it would not be taking on the full extent of developing country commitments in the WTO Doha Round negotiations.
  9. The two sides highly valued the excellent cooperation between the two countries in regional fora such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and East Asia Summit (EAS). General Secretary Nong Duc Manh affirmed that Viet Nam would continue to support and enhance cooperation between New Zealand and ASEAN. In this regard, Viet Nam welcomed New Zealand’s interest in joining the Asia-Europe Meting (ASEM). Both sides welcomed the recommendation of the Economic Ministers of EAS countries that EAS Leaders discuss and consider elevating the Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia (CEPEA) to Track I at the Summit in October 2009. Prime Minister John Key re-iterated New Zealand’s support for Viet Nam’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations as an associate member. The Prime Minister also reaffirmed New Zealand’s desire to cooperate with Viet Nam in the TPP framework.
  10. Leaders confirmed that they would continue to work together in international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation, with a view to promoting global free trade and in the United Nations to promote global peace, security and development. New Zealand acknowledged the positive contribution made by Viet Nam to the work of the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member in 2008-2009. Viet Nam positively took note of New Zealand’s request regarding its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-2016 term.
  11. The two sides expressed their conviction that the positive outcome of the official visit to New Zealand by General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and the two countries’ agreement to establish a Comprehensive Partnership would open a new stage of development in the friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and New Zealand.
  12. General Secretary Nong Duc Manh expressed his gratitude to the Government and the people of New Zealand for the warm hospitality extended to him and his Delegation. General Secretary Nong Duc Manh extended invitations to the Governor General, Hon Sir Anand Satyanand and the Prime Minister, Hon John Key to make official visits to Viet Nam at a time of their convenience. The Governor General and the Prime Minister of New Zealand accepted the invitations with pleasure. The time for these visits would be agreed through diplomatic channels.

Wellington, September 12, 2009

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