Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Chairman of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Neil Quigley (Source: VNA) 
 
Auckland (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc underscored the significance of strengthening aviation connectivity between Vietnam and New Zealand, suggesting opening more direct flights to facilitate bilateral trade and tourism, which are growing. 

He was speaking to the executives of several major corporations of New Zealand on March 13 during his three-day trip starting from a day earlier.

Meeting Neil Quigley, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the PM lauded the bank’s role in managing inflation, maintaining macro-economic stability and growth momentum in New Zealand over the past years.

He suggested the reserve bank share experience with the State Bank of Vietnam in regulating exchange rates, building macro-economic policies and improving the capacity of banking staff.

The Vietnamese leader hailed the signing of a strategic partnership contract between Vietnam’s Sovico Jsc and New Zealand Trade Centre covering trade, investment, tourism, and aviation connectivity while meeting Adam Martin, President of NZ Trade Centre.

Hosting a reception for Mat Mowbray, the founder and CEO of Zuru Building and Construction Company, the PM said the company’s proposed construction of prefabricated houses using new materials in Vietnam suits the Vietnamese government’s foreign investment attraction policy.

He vowed to direct the Ministry of Planning and Investment to help the company seek proper locations for the project.

In a reception for Vice Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Derek McCormack, the government leader spoke highly of close collaboration between AUT and Vietnam over the past 25 years, especially the training courses affiliated with major universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as short-term training courses for high-ranking officials in Quang Ninh, Ca Mau, and Ho Chi Minh City.

The PM asked the university to provide support for nearly 400 Vietnamese students studying there, saying that the students will serve as important messengers to increase the number of Vietnamese students in New Zealand and AUT in particular, contributing to boosting people-to-people exchange between the two nations, especially young generations.

The AUT Vice Chancellor promised to discuss with Vietnamese partners to expand collaboration in vocational training and improving capacity of lecturers in domestic and foreign colleges and universities.-VNA