Hanoi seeks to expand bond with New Zealand’s Wellington hinh anh 1Vietnamese delegates work with representatives from Weillington authority (Source: http://hanoimoi.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc led a delegation to pay a working visit to Wellington of New Zealand from September 16-18.

The visit aimed to learn from New Zealand’s experience in many fields, including policymaking, developing smart cities, infrastructure, green technology and energy, education-training, and building e-Government.

It was expected to help promote investment and trade cooperation between Hanoi and Wellington as well as between Vietnam and New Zealand.

The Vietnamese delegation held talks with Simon Woold - member of the Wellington Council, during which the two sides informed each other about their development and shared experience in operating council activities.

The Wellington side shared its experience in ensuring social welfare for local citizens and promoting sustainable growth; and issues related vocational training, health and social insurance, development of smart cities and transport systems.

They also discussed policymaking, including policies for socio-economic development.

The Vietnamese delegation also had a working session with Rarolyn Dick, senior advisor on strategy and administration of Wellington.

The two sides discussed on criteria for building smart cities, strategies for building social housing, immigration issues, and the role of consulting councils for issues concerning youth and woman in building socio-economic development policies.

In a meeting with the delegation in Victoria University, Brook Panned from Wellington’s Economic Development Agency said he hopes the two sides will expand their collaboration in training, especially training management and leadership skills.

For her part, Ngoc thanked the Wellington side for sharing its valuable experience.

She appreciated the fruitful development of Vietnam-New Zealand relations and between Hanoi and Wellington in particular in recent years, affirming these are solid foundations for the two countries’ localities to deepen cooperation.

During their stay, the delegation also visited the Vietnamese  Embassy in New Zealand, during which Ngoc called on the agency to help further promote bilateral ties and cooperation between Hanoi and New Zealand’s localities. -VNA