Prime Minister visits AUT, talks to Vietnamese expats in New Zealand
Updated : Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:48 AM (GMT+0700)

PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse met with representatives of Vietnamesepeople in New Zealand when visiting the Auckland University of Technology (AUT)on March 12.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (front, second, right) visits the Auckland University of
Technology on March 12 - Photo: VNA

The activity was part of PMPhuc’s official visit to New Zealand from March 11 to 14.

The Vietnamese Governmentleader was welcomed at the AUT with the traditional Hongi greeting of localMaori people. 

After touring the AUTfacilities, the PM talked to Vietnamese students in the university andrepresentatives of the Vietnamese community.

At the meeting, VietnameseAmbassador Nguyen Viet Dung said most of Vietnamese people in the country haveled a stable life and contributed to local development. Many Vietnamese arealso among the students with the best academic results at the AUT.

PM Phuc highly valued theVietnamese Embassy’s efforts to promote the two countries’ cooperation and supportVietnamese people in New Zealand. He expressed his hope that the embassy’sstaff and Vietnamese people in the country will make unceasing efforts in theirwork so as to improve themselves, support their families, and contribute to thehomeland.

He noted that there arenearly 6,000 Vietnamese students in New Zealand at present. The two countrieshave cooperated in many fields, especially hi-tech agriculture, but thoseactivities are just in the initial stage and there remains huge potential for morecooperation.

Aside from externalrelations, promoting trade partnership is also an important task that theembassy and Vietnamese people in New Zealand should pay attention to, he said,asking for the reinforcement of bilateral ties in the spheres that New Zealandis strong at such as green agriculture and infrastructure building.

PM Phuc asked the embassy tobolster connections in education and training, expand tourism cooperation andfurther assist the Vietnamese community.

The AUT has engaged in a numberof joint training activities with Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang city ofVietnam. It plans to step up educational cooperation with the Southeast Asiannation with a hope that Vietnamese students in the AUT will be an importantbridge helping to nurture the friendship and cooperation between the twocountries.


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