Academy President welcomes New Zealand’s Ambassador to Vietnam
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The event also saw the participation of representatives from departments and institutes under HCMA, including Department of International Cooperation; Department of Training Management; Institute for Training, Fostering Leaders and Managers; and HCMA’s Office.

At the working session, Prof, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, President of the Academy expressed his desire that New Zealand’s Embassy to Vietnam will be a bridge for organizing and designing bilateral coopeation programmes to enhance and expand the cooperative relationships between the Academy and New Zealand partners, especially in the areas of education - training, and scientific research.

On the basis of the recent outcomes of mutual cooperation, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang proposed that in the coming years, the two sides should focus on the following activities: (i) exchanging and sharing information on programmes, projects which can potentially be coordinated and consulted together; (ii) promoting interaction between the Academy and New Zealand partners in scientific research and human resource training; (iii) sharing experiences on common issues, such as environmental protection, national construction and development, solution to relations between great powers and small states in the context of international relations; (iv) exchanging themes, scientific reports and news with regard to each side’s current situation in order to enhance mutual understanding and bilateral cooperation between the Academy and New Zealand’s Embassy to Vietnam in particular, and the two countries in general.

While expressing sincere thanks to the Academy’s warm reception, Ambassador Wendy Matthews highly evaluated the specific proposals from the President. She affirmed that New Zealand has always attached great importance to strengthening cooperation with Vietnam in general and the Academy in particular in various fields of science – technology, education – training, policy consultancy and so on. The Ambassador furthered that in her new position, the Ambassador has been eager to elevate the partnership between the two sides through sharing of ideas, knowledge and resources. Concerning specific issues, the units of the two sides will work directly to develop a detailed plan of cooperation in the years to come.

Prof, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, President of the Academy and delegates took a photo

Ms Wendy Matthews has taken up the post of New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam from December 2016. Her most recent position was Unit Manager of the Asia Pacific Regional Integration Division who was responsible for trade and law negotiations to strengthen New Zealand's relationship with ASEAN. She held a senior position in the New Zealand team negotiating the ASEAN, Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA). Previous appointments include postings to New Delhi as Deputy High Commissioner (2011-2014) and Beijing (2005-2007). She graduated from the University of Otago with Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science).

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News, photo: Minh Hang & Manh Thang

Translator: Minh Hang/ Proofreader: Le Xuan Tung