Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, was accompanied by his wife, Senior Ministers and Commercial Business leaders visited New Zealand from March 12th to 14th, at the invitation of Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
On the morning of March 13th, Prime Minister Phúc delivered the main speech at the Vietnam-New Zealand Business Forum in Auckland. Prime Minister Phúc eloquently detailed the increasing growth in Vietnam and their desire to trade and co-operate with New Zealand business for Investment, Services and Products. They while our two countries have worked well together historically, now is the time to do more. The Vietnam-New Zealand Business Forum was attended by many Senior New Zealand business leaders and more than 300 representatives of companies from Vietnam and New Zealand, including Mr. Fan Pingming, Vice Premier of Vietnam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Wang Zhouliu, Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly.
Later in the afternoon, Prime Minister Phúc met with some of New Zealand’s leading corporate leaders, including the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and MR Adam Martin, President of New Zealand Trade Center. NZAGO is a subsidiary of New Zealand Trade Center, which is a shopping platform that integrates online and offline retail.
Prime Minister Phúc met the President of New Zealand Trade Center
New Zealand Trade Center signed a full-range cooperation agreement with Sovico Holdings Company of Vietnam in the afternoon (owning banks, airlines, oil companies, hotels, etc.). In attendance of the signing of the agreement, were three Vietnamese Government Minister’s, which included the Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Investment and Minister of Education. Conversations continued and Sovico, who are the majority owner of VietJet Airlines, was interested in future discussions for the SCULLYS skin care brand of New Zealand, to launch into the Vietnam market.
Prime Minister Phúc welcomed the strategic cooperation between Sovico Holdings Company of Vietnam and New Zealand Trade Center in the areas of trade, investment, tourism and aviation.
Prime Minister Phúc emphasized the significance of aviation cooperation between the two countries and believed that both sides should increase the number of direct flights, laying the foundation of the development for trade and tourism cooperation between Vietnam and New Zealand.