Auckland encouraged to expand cooperation with Vietnam

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called on Auckland to further expand its cooperation with Vietnam, especially in terms of economy and trade, in the hope of doubling two-way trade between Vietnam and New Zealand in the time ahead.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff. (Photo: VGP)
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff. (Photo: VGP)

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The Vietnamese PM made the call during a meeting with Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff following his arrival in the city on March 12, as part of a three-day official visit to New Zealand at the invitation of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.

PM Phuc expressed his delight at the strong development of Vietnam-New Zealand relations over the recent years, which have seen active contributions from both countries’ localities, including Auckland.

Hailing Auckland as a city of great potential, he suggested the two sides facilitate cooperation in education, science and technology, human resource development, urban planning, infrastructure, high-tech agriculture, and green energy.

He voiced his belief that with its advantages, Auckland will continue to expand its cooperation with Vietnamese localities, helping to raise the comprehensive partnership and good relations between the two countries to new heights.

The PM asked the mayor and authorities of Auckland to continue creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community living, studying, and working in the city, thus contributing to the development of Vietnam-New Zealand relations as a whole.

Welcoming PM Phuc and the high-level Vietnamese delegation, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff extended his congratulations on Vietnam’s impressive development achievements, especially in the field of economy.

He expressed his pleasure that Auckland is attracting a large number of Vietnamese people to live, study, and work, while speaking highly of the contributions of the Vietnamese community to the development of Auckland.