Vietnam asks New Zealand to create favorable conditions for agricultural exports

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son asked New Zealand to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to be exported to this country.

Minister Bui Thanh Son made the proposal at the first Vietnam – New Zealand Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on September 14 in Wellington, within the framework of his official visit to this country. The minister suggested that New Zealand first support agricultural products such as fresh lemons, pomelos and longans, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Minister also expressed his wish that New Zealand would continue to support ODA for Vietnam in areas such as sustainable agriculture, climate change response, health and innovation.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta agreed to create conditions for Vietnamese businesses to increase investment and business in New Zealand in potential fields such as processing, wholesale and retail, and agriculture.





Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta New Zealand.  Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (left) and New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta in Wellington on September 14. Image: Foreign Office.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son proposed New Zealand increase the number of government scholarships for Vietnamese students, grant scholarships to officials of Vietnamese ministries, sectors and localities, and create favorable conditions for Vietnamese students to return. study in New Zealand after the pandemic.

The two ministers also discussed increasing quotas for Vietnamese citizens participating in the New Zealand Labor Holiday Program and resumption of direct flights between the two countries. Regarding security and defense cooperation, Minister Mahuta agreed to continue supporting Vietnam in training peacekeeping forces, cooperating in combating transnational crimes, sharing experiences in disaster prevention and rescue rescue.

Working Holiday Visa is a type of visa for young nationals of certain countries, including Vietnam, who are allowed to come to New Zealand to work in combination with tourism for a period of one year. New Zealand gives these 100 seats to Vietnamese people every year.

Minister Bui Thanh Son and Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta also discussed the regional and international situation. The two sides agreed to continue to coordinate and support each other at multilateral organizations and forums, especially the United Nations and ASEAN, and share stances on security, including the East Sea issue.

Since upgrading to a Strategic Partnership in July 2020, Vietnam-New Zealand relations have made many strides. Bilateral trade turnover in 2021 will increase by 26.7% compared to 2020, reaching 1.3 billion USD. New Zealand commits to continue to provide ODA for Vietnam about 16 million USD in the period from July 2021 to June 2024.

Thanh Tam

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