HCM City promotes trade, investment, tourism in New Zealand hinh anh 1At the event (Photo: Embassy of Vietnam in New Zealand)

Auckland (VNA) – A workshop and business networking programme was recently held in Auckland city of New Zealand to promote Ho Chi Minh City’s investment, trade and tourism.

The event, co-organised by the HCM City Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC), the municipal Department of Tourism and the Vietnam Trade Office in New Zealand, drew the participation of representatives from 20 companies and officials of HCM City and 40 businesses of New Zealand.

Nguyen Kim Phuong, Commercial Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy in New Zealand, briefed the participants on trade cooperation between Vietnam and New Zealand over the past years.

She stressed that the cooperation activities have been enhanced through Government to Government (G2G), Businesses to Businesses (B2B) and People to People (P2P) relations, which showed comprehensive development in not only in trade but also in education-training, agriculture, labour, aviation and tourism.

These cooperation achievements have contributed to the annual growth of 20 percent, bringing two-way trade to 1.5 billion NZD (nearly 1.04 billion USD). Vietnam had become the 16th biggest trade partner of New Zealand by the end of the financial year which ended in June.

At the event, representatives from HCM City’s Department of Tourism introduced the city’s economic advantages and tourism potentials, as well as its plans to attract more visitors and businesses in the coming time.

Meanwhile, enterprises from New Zealand voiced their hope to expand business operations in Vietnam and HCM City in particular. They also suggested launching a frequent direct flight between HCM City and Auckland, as currently there are only seasonal flights operated by Air New Zealand.-VNA