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Country Profile


viet nam flagMarket reforms initiated in 1987 have achieved impressive results, including growth rates amongst the highest in Asia. Viet Nam nevertheless remains one of the poorest countries in the region with enormous development and infrastructure needs. Its membership of ASEAN in 1995, of APEC in 1998 and the WTO in 2007 have done much to restore its international credibility.

Cooperation and contact between New Zealand and Viet Nam has flourished in the last 15 years, boosted by Viet Nam’s integration into the Asia-Pacific region and wider world. The bilateral relationship now features regular high level political visits, expanding trade and business links, ongoing development assistance (ODA) and expanding cooperation in newer areas such as agri-business, clean technologies and disaster management, aviation, tourism and education.

Trade, Services and Investment
The AANZFTA has provided fresh opportunities for bilateral trade, migration and capacity-building assistance. TheViet nam coat of arms AANZFTA includes two New Zealand-Viet Nam migration side-agreements. Both countries are also now amongst 12 countries negotiating a new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, alongside Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore and the United States. New Zealand and Viet Nam are also participating in the negotiation of a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

The export of education, tourism, and consultation services has become an increasingly important component of the economic relationship. In 2012 alone, over 2150 Vietnamese students traveled to New Zealand for study, at all levels from short-course training to doctoral research. An estimated 10,000 – 15,000 New Zealand tourists visit Viet Nam each year.

Country Statistics

Constitutional:   Communist state
Capital:   Hanoi (Ha Noi)
Major Cities:  Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, Da Nang, Hai Phong

Head of State:   President Truong Tan SANG

Prime Minister:   Nguyen Tan DUNG
Population:   93,421,835 (July 2014 est)
GDP (PPP):   $358.9 billion (2013 est.)
GDP per capita:   US$4,000 (2013 est.)

Total Export Trade:   US$128.9 billion (2013 est.)
Main Exports:  Clothes, shoes, electronics, seafood, crude oil, rice, coffee, wooden products, machinery

Total Import Trade:   US$121.4 billion (2013 est.)
Main Imports:   Machinery and equipment, petroleum products, steel products, raw materials for the clothing and shoe industries, electronics, plastics, automobiles

Exports to NZ
NZ$464 million (2013 est.)

Main exports to NZ
Telephones, Computers Nuts Footwear

Imports from NZ
NZ$ 481 million (2013 est.)

Main Imports from NZ
Dairy, Timber, Hides, Fibreboard

Total FDI
US$8,900 million (2013 est)

Trade agreement(s) with NZ

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) Agreement

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Doing business in ASEAN – Viet Nam

Viet Nam’s Embassy in NZ

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Wellington



Viet Nam Trade Office in NZ

Vietnam Trade Office, attached to the Viet Nam Embassy



NZ Heads of Mission in Viet Nam

New Zealand Embassy Hanoi

New Zealand Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City


New Zealand Trade and Enterprise:  Trade Office in Ho Chi Minh City

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Trade with ASEAN:

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World Bank’s Viet Nam Profile:

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