|Vietnamese dragon fruit is one of farm produce being officially exported to New Zealand. — Photo laodong.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — New Zealand is keen to share its experiences with Viet Nam on food safety and to use this information to improve food-safety outcomes and increase bilateral trade going forward.
It is hoped that Viet Nam will have visits to New Zealand in the coming period to see the food safety system at work, New Zealand Minister for Food Safety Jo Goodhew said today at a press conference in Ha Noi.
Goodhew started her four-day working visit to Viet Nam yesterday in response to the official visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in March.
The visit's key objective is to review existing co-operation between New Zealand and Viet Nam in the field of food safety as well as to discuss opportunities for expansion in the future.
The visit was also timed to coincide with celebrations of the 40th anniversary of friendship and diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Viet Nam this year.
The two countries signed a food safety agreement in March with the aim of facilitating co-operation in the sector and enhancing Viet Nam's own system.
The agreement is a good opportunity to take the co-operation between the two nations to the next level, Goodhew said.
Viet Nam exports many agricultural products to New Zealand, including tropical fruit, nuts, coffee, pepper and seafood. — VNS