Vietnamese, New Zealand PMs witness signing of deals following talks

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between the two sides' agencies following their talks in Hanoi on November 14.
The two PMs witness the signing of agreements (Photo: VGP)
The two PMs witness the signing of agreements (Photo: VGP)

The deals were inked the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the New Zealand Ministry of Education, and between the Vietnamese and New Zealand ministries of transport.

Speaking to the press, PM Chinh said he and his New Zealand counterpart had held successful talks during which they expressed their delight at the growing bilateral strategic partnership, especially in two-way trade.

Both sides were agreed they will recognise markets for several fruits. They lauded the signing of cooperation deals in education and aviation as well as the organisation of a seminar on education cooperation between universities.

They laid out orientations to further deepening the Vietnam-New Zealand strategic partnership for the benefits of each country and for peace, prosperity, cooperation and development in Asia-Pacific.

The countries will facilitate all-level visits, promote people-to-people and locality-to-locality exchanges, while effectively implementing existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms. They agreed to make thorough preparations for the upcoming New Zealand visit by National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, he said.

He added that both nations will continue stepping up national defence-security links to effectively cope with rising traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the region, including transnational crimes, terrorism, natural disasters and epidemics.

They targeted 2 billion USD in two-way trade by 2024, pledged to continue facilitating market access for agricultural products, work closely together to effectively implement agreements such as the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to which they are members while further enhancing two-way investment.

Vietnam welcomes New Zealand’s investment in fields of high demand such as education-training, manufacturing and processing, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, construction, information technology, and post-harvest processing technology, he said, adding that Vietnam appreciates New Zealand’s continued provision of official development assistance (ODA) for the country in education-training, rural development and other areas.

Further attention will be paid to promoting dialogue, trust building and mutually beneficial cooperation, joint effective response to common challenges in the region, propelling cooperation in the Mekong sub-region, particularly in climate change response, smart agriculture and fisheries, sustainable management of water resources, quality infrastructure and digital transformation.

Vietnam and New Zealand reaffirmed the importance of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea/South China Sea; settle disputes by peaceful means in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), fully respect diplomatic and legal processes, seriously and fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards soon achieving an effective and practical Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

"Vietnam always attaches importance to cooperation with New Zealand, an important strategic partner of Vietnam in the South Pacific region, and also a strategic partner of ASEAN," the Vietnamese PM said.

In her speech, New Zealand PM Ardern said during their talks, both sides vowed to enhance links across politics, diplomacy, security, trade, investment, climate change response, and people-to-people exchange to ensure the security, safety and prosperity of each country.

New Zealand decided to expand a project to help Vietnam mitigate dyke disaster risks and stays ready to assist Vietnam in sustainable eco-friendly agriculture development and climate change response to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, she said.

Vietnam plays an increasingly important role in the region and the world, she said.

Both PMs also exchanged jerseys of each country's women's football teams with the hope that they will play well at the FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.