Việt Nam seeks agricultural support from New Zealand

Update: October, 05/2018 - 16:06
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Quốc Khánh and New Zealand Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Vangelis Vitalis at the 6th meeting of the Việt Nam – New Zealand Joint Trade and Economic Commission. – Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and New Zealand agreed to enhance trade and investment co-operation and provide broader market access for agricultural products from the two countries.

The agreement came at the 6th meeting of the Việt Nam – New Zealand Joint Trade and Economic Commission (JTEC) in Hà Nội on Thursday.

The two countries agreed to reinforce co-operation in high-tech agriculture, commercial farming, workforce training, tourism and e-government. They also pledged to promote tourism.

Việt Nam asked New Zealand to help its localities develop value chains for fruits, peppers, coffee, cashews and other agricultural products, and to help develop origin tracking systems for produce.

Việt Nam also sought assistance in food safety management, aviation, disaster and climate change preparedness and language training for government workers.

New Zealand asked for more co-operation in aviation services, tourism and education. The two sides discussed these issues and several other potential areas for collaboration.

The countries agreed to continue backing each other within the framework of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

The JTEC was set up in 2006 to help the two sides address key issues, promote trade and commercial links and facilitate investment opportunities. New Zealand has been one of Việt Nam’s key trading partners for years.

Việt Nam is New Zealand’s 16th largest trade partner. According to statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the two countries exchanged US$1.2 billion in goods and services last year, up 37 per cent from 2016. In the first nine months of 2018, bilateral trade amounted to $779 million, up 10.8 per cent from the same period last year.

Việt Nam’s exports to New Zealand totalled $357.8 million while its imports from the country were $421 million.

New Zealand operates 32 projects in Việt Nam with a total investment of $102.8 million, mostly in manufacturing, education, agriculture, forestry, construction, telecommunications, hospitality, arts and entertainment.

Việt Nam has eight projects in New Zealand worth a total of more than $30 million, mainly in manufacturing, retail, automobile and motorcycle repair, catering and agriculture. — VNS