Vietnam plays a key role in New Zealand’s cooperative strategy with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a top New Zealand official has declared.

At his meeting with the Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, New Zealand’s Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce said that on his visit he aims to seek opportunities to further intensify relations, particularly in economics, trade and education.

Voicing his appreciation of the strong and dynamic development of Ho Chi Minh City, Joyce affirmed that the city and New Zealand still hold great cooperation potential.

He suggested that New Zealand is willing to collaborate with Ho Chi Minh City in education, such as English-language training for the city’s officials, and student exchanges.

Chairman Quan noted that the two countries have enjoyed fine development in their bilateral ties, especially after they lifted their relationship to comprehensive cooperation level in 2009.

The same day, Joyce and his delegation had meetings with businesses from both countries and visited several educational facilities in Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA