July 31, 2013
New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae will visit Vietnam,
Cambodia and Laos next month to bolster trade and development links in
The trip was an opportunity to reinforce strong
and friendly relations with the three nations and support New Zealand's
significant engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN), Mateparae said in a statement Wednesday.
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," he said.
Mateparae would arrive in
Vietnam on Aug. 3, where he would witness the signing of the second
phase of the Comprehensive Partnership Action Plan - a plan to promote
bilateral links in sectors such as trade and business, science and
technology, agriculture, education, defense, policing, development
assistance and customs cooperation and a Double Taxation Agreement.
Cambodia from Aug. 8, he would undertake a series of engagements to
highlight New Zealand's development assistance to Cambodia.
three-day visit to Laos from Aug. 12, would see the two countries mark
50 years of diplomatic relations and Mateparae would see New
Zealand-supported operations to clear unexploded ordnance.