O’Neill plans to set up embassy in Vietnam


PAPUA New Guinea plans to set up an embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam,to strengthen trade and relationship between the two countries, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.
He recently met Vietnam President Trần Đại Quang at the Apec leaders meeting in Lima, Peru.
O’Neill offered to work closely with Vietnam when it hosts the 2017 Apec .
PNG will host Apec 2018 which the Vietnam President will attend.
The two leaders discussed co-operation in agricultural skills and development, and the prospect of establishing a PNG embassy in Hanoi.
“Papua New Guinea and Vietnam have a strong and deepening relationship and the time has come to establish a permanent foreign mission in Hanoi,” O’Neill said.
“This office will be an important conduit for us to not only expand trade and investment but to draw on Vietnam’s experience in areas such as coffee and rice production.
“Vietnam has recently increased coffee production.
“And while we are targeting similar markets, there is agricultural technical information that we can share that will benefit producers in both countries.
“Both countries have significant experience producing coffee in separate hemispheres and there are lessons that can be learnt on both sides.”
He said PNG was interested to learn from Vietnam’s experience and expertise in the production of rice.

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