New Zealand chief visits Vietnam to bolster multilateral ties

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The Governor-General of New Zealan, Jerry Mateparae, will be in Vietnam from August 3-8 as part of a visit to promote his country's interests in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The visit by Lieutenant General Mateparae is being made at the invitation of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, the New Zealand Embassy said in a release.

New Zealand's Government House said the visit would be an opportunity to reinforce the strong and friendly relationship the country has with Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos as well as support its significant engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

"South East Asia is one of the world's most dynamic economic growth areas and ASEAN of which Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are all members is New Zealand's third largest trading partner," the Governor-General said.  

"From the days of the Colombo Plan with its focus on education, New Zealand's connections with Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have diversified and we have developed strong business, trade, education, tourism, development and people-to-people links in all three nations."

In Hanoi, Mateparae will witness the signing of two agreements the second phase of the Comprehensive Partnership Action Plan and the Double Taxation Agreement.

His schedule in Ho Chi Minh City will focus on highlighting key links in business and education.

Mateparae will be the second NZ governor-general to visit Vietnam.

It will be his third visit to Vietnam. His last visit was in 2008, as Chief of the New Zealand Defense Force.

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