Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue convened meetings with leaders of several New Zealand companies in Auckland on Sunday as part of his ongoing official visit to the country, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Hosting Mike Cronin, managing director of Cooperative Affairs at Fonterra, Hue lauded the group’s joint work with Vietnamese firms, such as Vinamilk and Nutifood, in the supply and distribution of milk in the Vietnamese market.
The NA leader suggested the group study to expand cooperation and investment in Vietnam, adding that the Southeast Asian country is continuing to improve its legal system to create the best conditions possible for investors and ensure fair competition.
|Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) shakes hands with Fiso Investment Group CEO John Fiso in Auckland, New Zealand, December 4, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
The top Vietnamese legislator also had meetings with Fiso Investment Group CEO John Fiso and Director of Viet River Holdings Limited Nguyen Truong Khoa, during which he welcomed businesses that have joined many networking activities between Vietnamese and New Zealand firms and directly invested in Vietnam.
On the same day, Hue hosted Don Ha, CEO of RE/MAX, and expressed his support for the company’s plan to import Vietnamese products into New Zealand.
Chairman Hue’s official visit to New Zealand runs from December 3 to 7.
|Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) meets Don Ha, CEO of RE/MAX, in Auckland, New Zealand, December 4, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
New Zealand is a strategic partner of Vietnam in the South Pacific region, and cooperation between the two countries is developing strongly and effectively in all fields.
New Zealand is currently Vietnam's 36th-largest trading partner.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, two-way trade reached US$1.3 billion in 2021 and $1.1 billion in the first nine months of 2022, up 13.6 percent year on year.