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Vietnam, New Zealand sign cooperation deals on education, transport

HANOI, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern on Monday witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents after their talks here.

Cooperation deals between the ministries of education, and transport were signed, Vietnam News Agency reported. One of the deals involves civil aviation cooperation.

During their talks, the two leaders agreed to increase the exchange of visits by delegations, people-to-people exchanges and cooperation among localities, and to effectively implement the existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

The two sides also agreed on the export of Vietnamese agricultural products including dragon fruit and lemon to New Zealand, while some New Zealand farm products including pumpkins and strawberries will be imported into Vietnam, helping bring the two-way trade turnover to reach 2 billion U.S. dollars in 2024, according to the media report.

The two prime ministers also reached a consensus on effectively coordinating in the implementation of agreements including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The two sides will continue to beef up cooperation in traditional fields, including education-training, labor, agriculture-forestry-fishery, education, culture-sports-tourism and transport, as well as in new ones such as climate change response, digital transformation and green growth.

Chinh said Vietnam has welcomed investment from New Zealand in such fields as education and training, processing technology, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and information technology.

Ardern said New Zealand has decided to expand a project on assisting Vietnam in reducing the risk of dike disasters and that it is ready to assist Vietnam in developing environmentally friendly agriculture, and combating climate change.