A Strategic Partnership between New Zealand and Vietnam has been announced, following a virtual meeting of the two countries’ leaders.
On July 22, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to discuss the relationship between the two countries – a relationship which has spanned 45 years.
“The relationship between New Zealand and Vietnam has grown a lot in recent years, particularly in trade and people to people connections,” Ardern said.
Trade between the two reached NZ$2billion in the year ending March 2020, placing Vietnam as New Zealand’s 15th largest two-way trading partner.
“New Zealand and Vietnam share a warm and constructive relationship, but there is more we can do together. Vietnam is Chair of ASEAN this year. We have shared interests in peace and prosperity in the region and as supporters of the multilateral rules-based order and regional economic integration,” Ardern said.