New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Visit to Nghe An by HE Haike Manning, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam

New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, HE Haike Manning will visit Nghe An on 25-26 June.

During his visit to Nghe An, Ambassador Manning will explore opportunities to enhance the trade, education, and disaster management links between New Zealand and the province.

Since 2012, New Zealand has implemented a 3 year NZ$ 2.5 million project focused on developing and piloting a prototype system for dam and disaster management based on New Zealand best practice developed from public and private sector experience.  This system will be rolled out across Viet Nam. The project is a three way strategic partnership between New Zealand Crown Research Institute GNS Science, New Zealand engineering company Damwatch, and the Ha Noi Water Resources University. The project is being carried out in the Hieu River catchment in Nghe An Province - a major tributary of the Ca River, the third largest river in Vietnam.

Another interesting link between New Zealand and Nghe An is through TH True Milk –  thousands of cows from New Zealand were imported to Nghe An for dairy farming purposes by TH True Milk.

“This is my first visit to Nghe An, and I am looking forward to fruitful discussions with the province’s leaders and business community to build committed partnerships between New Zealand and Nghe An.  Links between the New Zealand Embassy and Vietnam's provinces are an important part of the overall bilateral relationship between our two countries and I hope that this visit will provide real opportunities for further expansion of the relationship in anticipation of the anniversary of 40 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries in 2015”, says Ambassador Manning.

During his time in Nghe An, Ambassador Manning will meet with Chairman of People Committee Nguyen Xuan Duong and Party Secretary Ho Duc Phoc and leaders from Vinh University to discuss the opportunities for ties between New Zealand and Nghe An.

Ambassador Manning will also undertake field trips to TH True Milk factory and the New Zealand aid programme funded project site in Nghia Dan District.

Media Contact:

Vũ Tuyết Trang
Communications and Public Affairs Adviser
New Zealand Embassy, Hanoi
Tel: +84 4 3824 1481 (ext 221)
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Background

Comprehensive Partnership Agreement: New Zealand and Viet Nam signed a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement in 2009 as formal recognition of the growing strength of the relationship.  The Comprehensive Partnership Agreement is implemented through an Action Plan.  Key priorities for cooperation under the second Action Plan 2013 – 2016 include agriculture, education, clean technology / environmental management / disaster relief, aviation and tourism.

Trade: Viet Nam is now New Zealand’s 20th largest trading partner and New Zealand’s fastest growing export market in ASEAN over the past five years, with potential for further significant expansion.  In late 2012, New Zealand and Viet Nam established a goal of US$1 billion in two way trade by 2015.  In the year to December 2013 bilateral trade grew by 20% to USD$785 million.  The main New Zealand goods exported to Viet Nam are dairy (56%) and forest products (13.5%). 

Education: Education links are a key feature of New Zealand’s relationship with Viet Nam. Viet Nam is now the ninth largest source of international students studying in New Zealand, averaging 2000+ per year in the past two years (a 90% increase on 2008).  Tertiary education linkages are also strong, with a number of New Zealand institutions, including Victoria University and Auckland University of Technology, now operating joint programmes in Viet Nam. 

Development Assistance: New Zealand is providing approximately US$10 million in development assistance to Viet Nam in 2013/14. Assistance is focused on areas of New Zealand comparative advantage that match Vietnamese priorities – agriculture, education, and disaster risk management (DRM). Projects include an innovative agriculture partnership between Viet Nam’s Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI) and NZ research institute Plant and Food Research (PFR), and a dam safety initiative where a NZ engineering company (Damwatch Services) and research institute (GNS Science) are partnering with the Ha Noi Water Resources University. Education is also an important component of our development assistance. New Zealand supports a NZ$7.5 million, 5 year Early Childhood Education project in Gia Lai Province.  New Zealand is also providing 150 fully funded post-graduate scholarships for Viet Nam over the period 2011-2016 and continues to provide English language training for officials, with over 420 Vietnamese officials having spent time in New Zealand participating in the programme to date.  

Tourism: Under the New Zealand-Viet Nam Comprehensive Partnership, the two governments have identified tourism as a key sector with significant potential for future growth. On average at least 1000 NZ tourists visit Viet Nam every month.  New Zealand will participate as a ‘special guest’ country in Viet Nam’s largest travel fair, Viet Nam International Travel Mart, in Ha Noi from 3-6 April with the aim of attracting more Vietnamese tourists to New Zealand.  The return of Air NZ (New Zealand’s national carrier) to the region in later 2014, plus recent revisions to the Air Services Agreement, will improve the connectivity and ease of travel between the two countries in future. 

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