New Zealand and
Viet Nam business ties
Since the establishment of New Zealand’s “Comprehensive Partnership” with Viet Nam in 2009, there have been regular political exchanges, strong growth in bilateral trade, expanded education links and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2015.
Today our relationship is characterised by expanding cooperation in areas such as agri-business, disaster management, aviation, tourism, defence and education. We have set ambitious goals for our relationship, including doubling two-way trade to US$1.7 billion by 2020 and elevating the status of the relationship to “Strategic Partnership”.
Sectors of focus
New Zealand’s temperate climate, high rainfall, clean waters, fertile soil and low population density offer ideal conditions for premium food and beverage production. When combined with the expertise of our producers, the result is some of the best-tasting dairy, meat, seafood, wine, fruit and vegetables the world has to offer.
Being on the edge of the world has fostered a unique way of looking at challenges – and New Zealanders are known for stretching themselves, going beyond the accepted wisdom, and following good ideas wherever they lead. Those values are reflected in unique and often world-leading technology and innovation.
Ho Chi Minh City
Karlene is New Zealand’s Consul-General and Trade Commissioner to Viet Nam, based in Ho Chi Minh City. She is responsible for facilitating and promoting trade and investment and maintaining an extensive network of business relationships relevant to New Zealand businesses.
Karlene took up her post in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2016. Her experience in international roles at NZTE dates back to 2003, including service as Regional Director for South America, based in São Paulo, and as Trade Commissioner for Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, based in Bangkok.
She also previously served as International Market Manager for South and South-East Asia, where she was instrumental in developing strategies for expanding NZTE's services in the East Asia region. Most recently Karlene was NZTE’s Director of International Operations, leading the development of systems and processes to help NZTE’s international teams support New Zealand companies overseas.
Karlene has held senior management roles in the public and private sectors across strategy, business unit establishment, project management, change management and private sector risk management. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Victoria University in Wellington.