New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a bilateral visit to Vietnam from November 14 to 17 between regional summit meetings in Cambodia and Thailand. The prime minister will be accompanied by a trade mission of business leaders, aiming to reconnect with strategic diplomatic and business partners.
PM Ardern will depart on November 12 for Phnom Penh to attend the East Asia Summit and associated ASEAN events and to undertake meetings with leaders from across the Indo-Pacific region.
From Cambodia, prime minister Ardern will lead a business delegation to Vietnam, visiting both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. She will be accompanied by Damien O’Connor, Minister for Trade and Export Growth.
The prime minister has spoken of the importance of Vietnam for New Zealand and sees the visit as an opportunity to renew and strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. The visit will support the reconnection of New Zealand's businesses with Vietnam’s emerging and dynamic market.
Business leaders joining the trade mission in Vietnam span food and beverages, aviation, tech, and services, and represent New Zealand’s commitment to sustainable growth and innovation in Southeast Asia.
For many delegates, the mission will be the first time they meet their in-market partners face-to-face since the start of the pandemic, and they are using the opportunity to attend events that strengthen bilateral collaboration and innovation.
Trade Commissioner for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in Vietnam Joe Nelson said, “We are delighted to have the prime minister visit Southeast Asia this month and, through this trade mission, we look forward to deepening and broadening our collaborative partnerships with Vietnam across sectors that are of strategic importance to New Zealand. The NZTE is delighted to welcome such a diverse and innovative group of companies to Vietnam that showcase the very best of New Zealand as we advance our economic recovery.”
Companies visiting Vietnam as part of the trade mission include Boring Oat Milk, ecostore, the University of Auckland, and Zespri.
Following the visit, prime minister Ardern will travel to Bangkok for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, and speak at the APEC CEO Summit.
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