|New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to New Zealand gives the two countries an important opportunity to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations, Prime Minister John Key said in a press release issued on Monday.
Dung and a delegation of more than 100 senior ministers and business leaders will arrive in Auckland today for a series of events, including meetings with Key, senior ministers and business leaders.
"The relationship between our two countries is growing increasingly important, and this visit by one of the largest-ever delegations from Viet Nam to New Zealand is evidence of that," Key said. "Viet Nam is New Zealand's fastest-growing export market in Southeast Asia, and export volumes continue to grow at pace."
During the visit, the two countries will celebrate their growing relationship and discuss how to improve in areas such as education, agriculture and UN peacekeeping co-operation.
Viet Nam and New Zealand established diplomatic relations in June 1975. To mark Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh's visit to New Zealand in September 2009, the two sides agreed to upgrade their relations to the Comprehensive Partnership level.
New Zealand is currently running 25 investment projects in Viet Nam, with a combined capital of nearly US$82 million. It ranks 42nd amongst the 101 countries and territories investing in Viet Nam. Meanwhile, Viet Nam is operating two joint venture projects in New Zealand.
New Zealand's official development assistance (ODA) provision for Viet Nam surged to NZ$10.5 million (over $7.7 million) in 2012-2013 from NZ$3.2 million in 2003-2004. It focuses on human resources development, education, agricultural and rural development, and sustainable development.
At present, around 2,000 Vietnamese students are studying in New Zealand. The two governments signed a co-operation agreement on education and training lasting from 2012 to 2015 during Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's visit to New Zealand in 2012. New Zealand continues to run scholarship programmes for Vietnamese students to study in its universities.
The number of Vietnamese living in New Zealand is about 5,000. — VNS