Mr. John Key to pay official visit from November 14 - 17.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will pay an official visit to Vietnam from November 14 to 17 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This is the second time Mr. Key has visited Vietnam as Prime Minister, after his first in 2010.
“New Zealand has many possible areas of cooperation with Vietnam and this visit will be an opportunity to more effectively exploit the opportunities for investment and trade cooperation in the aviation sector and education, where both two countries have enormous potential,” Mr. Key told Vietnam media.
In Hanoi he will meet with Prime Minister Dung and other ministers and attend a number of events focusing on boosting two-way trade, according to the official website of the New Zealand Government.
Mr. Key will be accompanied by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and a New Zealand business delegation that includes 13 representatives from the education sector and the aviation industry.
Vietnam is New Zealand’s fastest-growing export market in Southeast Asia, with two-way trade now worth over NZD1 billion ($653 million) a year. During the visit by Prime Minister Dung to New Zealand last March the two sides pledged to double the figure by 2020.
Mr. Key also welcomed the announcement by Air New Zealand on November 13 that it will conduct direct flights between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City beginning in 2016, with three flights a week on a seasonal basis between June and October.
“Air New Zealand is the first carrier to fly directly from Auckland to Vietnam and the service will give greater choice and lower fares for New Zealand passengers flying to the major Southeast Asian center,” Mr. Key said. “It will also help build bilateral links between New Zealand and Vietnam and promote not only tourism but also trade, exports, and business links for the benefit of both countries.”
Vietnam and New Zealand established diplomatic ties in June 1975 and upgraded their relations to a comprehensive partnership in September 2009.