Ambassador to New Zealand Nguyen Viet Dung speaks at the seminar. (Photo: VNA)

Sydney (VNA)
– A Vietnamese business delegation conducted a fact-finding trip to Ackland, New Zealand from April 16-18 to deepen cooperation between the two countries’ enterprises.

Jointly organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in New Zealand, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the New Zealand Trade Centre (NZTC), the delegation consisted of representatives from 18 enterprises in fields of food processing, pharmaceutics, footwear, construction, fertilizer, investment and legal consultation service.

Speaking at a seminar as part of the visit, Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Nguyen Viet Dung praised efforts and cooperation of the NZTC and the VCCI in organising activities connecting the two countries’ businesses, especially when Vietnam is implementing regional and international economic integration policies.

Vietnam will be a gateway to bolster relations between New Zealand with the ASEAN community, he said.

Intensifying bilateral business collaboration will create opportunities to tap advantages which will be realised when the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) agreement is signed and come into effective, he added.

The diplomat stated that economic relations and bilateral trade in the past five years between the two nations continues prospering and the Southeast Asian country is currently New Zealand’s fastest growing trade partner among ASEAN countries with a total turnover of over 1 billion NZD (691 million USD). In 2015, the two Prime Ministers agreed to double the bilateral trade by 2020.

The launching of direct flights between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City this June is a demonstration for efforts to strengthen people-to-people exchanges, education and trade cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Chairperson of NZTC Adam Martin pledged to work closely with relevant Vietnamese agencies in tapping business opportunities in the two markets.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese delegation visited the host country’s major firms operating in fields of fruit, supplement food and processed food.-VNA