08:47 | 16/11/2015 Cooperation
Vietnam and New Zealand have agreed to develop their comprehensive partnership both on scale and in depth towards a strategic partnership during Prime Minister John Key’s visit to Vietnam.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) and his New Zealand counterpart John Key (Source: VNA)
The consensus was reached during talks between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his visiting New Zealand counterpart John Key following a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on November 15. Priority will be given to strengthening political ties, increasing the exchange of delegations at all levels, optimizing the operation of bilateral mechanisms for cooperation in all aspects.
The Vietnamese PM hailed the significance of PM John Key’s visit, especially at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 40 th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1975-2015).
Trade is a bright point in bilateral ties with an annual growth rate of 20 percent over the past five years, hitting 800 million USD in 2014, the highest increase in trade between New Zealand with an ASEAN nation. The two sides will also foster collaboration in other areas like agriculture, farm produce processing, animal husbandry, services and education.
New Zealand promised to consider favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to introduce their agricultural and aquatic products in the market along with speeding up procedures relating to the analysis of risks posed by imports.
PM John Key showed his support for Vietnam’s candidate for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure and wished Vietnam success in hosting the APEC 17 summit.
For his part, PM Nguyen Tan Dung said Vietnam backs the establishment of a strategic partnership between New Zealand and ASEAN on the occasion of the 40 th anniversary of relations between the country and the ten-member group.
Following their talks, the two PM witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements in civil aviation and health care and a plan on strategic cooperation in education./.