Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has suggested New Zealand’s Auckland city expand its cooperation with Vietnam, especially in economics and trade so as to double two-way trade between the two countries in the future.
His suggestion was made at a meeting with Auckland’s mayor Phil Goff on March 12 as part of his on-going official visit to New Zealand.
The PM also asked both sides to boost their partnerships in education, science-technology, human resources development, urban planning, infrastructure development, high-tech agriculture and green energy.
He said he believes that with the foundation of the Vietnam-New Zealand relationship and its strength, Auckland will augment collaboration with Vietnamese localities, helping deepen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries towards a higher level.
He called on the mayor and the Auckland authority to offer more favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the city to integrate into the host society.
In reply, Goff congratulated Vietnam on its achievements, especially in economy and hailed the rapid and strong development of the Vietnam-New Zealand relationship, especially people-to-people exchange and cooperation between the two countries’ localities.
He also praised Vietnamese expats' contributions to the local development, noting that Auckland now is home to nearly 3,000 Vietnamese.VOV