07 April 2022, VN: On April 6, the 2nd Vietnam – New Zealand High-Level Agriculture Dialogue was held online in Hanoi. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Le Quoc Doanh and Executive Director of New Zealand’s Ministry of Basic Industries (MPI) Ray Smith chaired the Dialogue.
At the dialogue, Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh and Mr. Ray Smith affirmed that the two countries would continue to tighten cooperation in the field of agriculture. The fact that the Prime Ministers of the two countries officially upgraded their relations to a Strategic Partnership in July 2020 has created a solid foundation for boosting bilateral cooperation and connections in the agricultural sector.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Quoc Doanh said: “Agriculture plays an essential role in the economies of the two countries. New Zealand and Vietnam are both major agricultural producers and exporters, with many complementary products. The two sides signed the Action Program to implement the Strategic Partnership for the period of 2021-2024”. He asked the two sides to coordinate in implementing the action plan, bringing the two countries’s cooperation deeper, wider and more substantive.
Executive Director of New Zealand’s Ministry of Basic Industries (MPI) Ray Smith congratulated the Vietnamese Government on controlling the Covid-19 pandemic, reopening, recovering and developing socio-economics. He emphasized that this was a good opportunity for both countries to jointly evaluate the activities that can work together to recover and promote the agricultural sector after the Covid-19 pandemic. Cooperation in the field of agriculture helps the two sides develop their key agricultural interests, including boosting bilateral trade, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, and enhancing food safety.