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Hanoi, July 29 (VNA) – Australia and New Zealand have huge potential for Vietnamese products like farm produce, aquatic products, coffee, cashew, computers, telephones and garments, said Nguyen Phuc Nam, deputy director of the Department of Asia-Pacific Market under the Ministry of Industry and Trade at a conference held in Hanoi on July 28.  The ASEAN-Australia- New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which took effect from January 1, 2010, plays a key role in enhancing economic relations, trade and investment between ASEAN and Australia and New Zealand, Nam said.  Within the agreement framework, ASEAN countries can enjoy 90 to 100 per cent tariff reductions in Australian and New Zealand markets, and Vietnamese firms should take full advantage of this potential, he said.  He noted that Australia and New Zealand were among the biggest importers in the world since both economies are largely dependent on imported products.  Vietnam’s chief exports to these two markets include agricultural products, seafood, coffee beans, cashews, electronics parts, textiles, footwear and construction material.  If the AANZFTA was utilized well, Vietnamese producers could enjoy all the privileges contained therein, boosting export turnover and earning handsome profits, Nam said.  Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that trade between Vietnam and Australia hit 5.26 billion USD in 2016, up 6.5 percent year-on-year. Particularly, Vietnam enjoyed trade surplus of 480 million USD with Australia in the year.  According to Phan Thi Dieu Linh, expert from the Department of…... [read more]

Seafood processed at Ngo Quyen Export JSC in Kien Giang for export to Australia. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Australia and New Zealand have huge potential for Vietnamese products like farm produce, aquatic products, coffee, cashew, computers, telephones and garments, said Nguyen Phuc Nam, deputy director of the Department of Asia-Pacific Market under the Ministry of Industry and Trade at a conference held in Hanoi on July 28. The ASEAN-Australia- New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which took effect from January 1, 2010, plays a key role in enhancing economic relations, trade and investment between ASEAN and Australia and New Zealand, Nam said. Within the agreement framework, ASEAN countries can enjoy 90 to 100 per cent tariff reductions in Australian and New Zealand markets, and Vietnamese firms should take full advantage of this potential, he said. He noted that Australia and New Zealand were among the biggest importers in the world since both economies are largely dependent on imported products. Vietnam’s chief exports to these two markets include agricultural products, seafood, coffee beans, cashews, electronics parts, textiles, footwear and construction material. If the AANZFTA was utilized well, Vietnamese producers could enjoy all the privileges contained therein, boosting export turnover and earning handsome profits, Nam said. Statistics from the Ministry of Industry and Trade showed that trade between Vietnam and Australia hit 5.26 billion USD in 2016, up 6.5 percent year-on-year. Particularly, Vietnam enjoyed trade surplus of 480 million USD with Australia in the…... [read more]

NDO - Taking advantage of the ASEAN - Australia - New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) will help Vietnam to promote exports to the Australia and New Zealand markets. The Asia-Pacific Market Department held a seminar, in Hanoi on July 28, to publicise information regarding the markets in Australia and New Zealand and the AANZFTA, in a bid to boost Vietnam's exports to these countries. Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Market Department Nguyen Phuc Nam said that the Australian and New Zealand markets play an increasingly important role in trade relations with Vietnam. Nam noted that the two countries are potential markets for a number of Vietnamese exports, including agricultural products, seafood, coffee, cashew nuts, computers, phones, electronic products, garments and textiles, footwear, and construction materials, amongst others. Australia is also among the countries with the highest imports and depends greatly on imports to serve domestic production and consumption. In addition, the AANZFTA, effective from January 2010, plays a crucial role in fostering the commercial and investment relations between ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand. Nam emphasised that under the agreement, the relevant countries agreed to cut down 90-100% of tax lines from 2010 to 2020. Nam hoped that the dissemination of information regarding the advantages given by the agreement will help Vietnam to utilise these advantages and boost the export of goods to the two markets. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam and Australia posted a two-way trade revenue of US$5.26 billion in 2016, up 6.5% compared…... [read more]

The visit takes place at a time when Vietnam and Australia are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. It creates a chance for the two countries to discuss measures to boost bilateral cooperation, particularly in economics, trade, investment, agriculture, industry, science and technology, education and training, tourism and health care, as well as encouraging the Vietnamese community in Australia to make further contributions to their native land. Since the two countries established their diplomatic ties on February 26, 1973, bilateral relations have developed well through the exchange of high-level visits. They included visits to Australia by Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet in 1993, Party General Secretary Do Muoi in 1995, National Assembly Chairman Nong Duc Manh in 1998, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai in 1999 and 2005, Vice President Truong My Hoa in 2006, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam in 1995, 1997, 2000, State President Nguyen Minh Triet and Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Foreign Minister in 2007, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan in 2008, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong in 2008 and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong in 2008. Meanwhile, Vietnam has welcomed Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1994, Governor General Bill Hayden in 1995, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Trade Minister Tom Fisher in 1996, Foreign Minster Alexander Downer in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2003, Prime Minister John Howard in 2006 and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in 2008. Most recently, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd phoned Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in June 2008 and met…... [read more]

It was the first seminar co-hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia and Danang municipal authorities as the Danang - Vietnam team in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race has landed in Sydney port from December 12-26. Ambassador to Australia Luong Thanh Nghi, in his speech, praised efforts made by Australian captain Wendy Tuck and Vietnamese crew on the Danang-Vietnam yacht, which he said, has fostered friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Australia. He said Danang is gaining popularity among Australian tourists and through the yacht race, more and more Australians will learn more about Vietnam and Danang in particular. Tran Chi Cuong, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, highlighted Danang as a destination for investment and vacation, adding that the seminar is to give foreigners an insight into its culture, services and development. The 2015-16 Clipper Race marks the first time in its nineteen-year history that Danang is featured as a team and a host port on the race's global circuit. The race started in London in August and takes 11 months to complete. Its 40,000 mile circumnavigation is divided into shorter legs so crew can choose to take part in either the whole race or one or more legs. Up to 24 crew members, aged 18 to over 70 of various nationalities and backgrounds, live together on board each of the fleet's twelve 70-foot racing yachts. This means crew have to quickly adapt to being part of a diverse team which…... [read more]

Ties between the two countries have grown strongly over the past 38 years, particularly in education and training. In recent years, the prominence of Vocational Education and Training (VET) has grown in this relationship, through policy exchange, scholarships for Vietnamese students to undertake vocational courses in Australia and for Australian students undertaking practical vocational attachments in Vietnam. Australia and Vietnam can both benefit from further expanding their close collaboration in Vocational Education and Training. Both of them require technical skills to modernize industries, increase productivity and attract investment. Effective vocational training can significantly increase employment opportunities and improve living standards. Vietnam and Australia are investing significantly in vocational systems and programs that will serve the needs of industries and encourage innovation. Australia looks forward to continuing to work with Vietnam as Australian vocational training systems undergo reform and respond to challenges. The Australian Government looks forward to deepening its long-established education relationship with Vietnam through increased cooperation in Vocational Education and Training, both through the policy engagement and the increased mobility of students, educators and professionals.... [read more]

The event was organized by the Australian Trade Commission in co-ordination with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training and Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. At the forum, education managers, professors, teachers, researchers and experts from both Australia and Vietnam shared experience in formulating policies for future education and explored opportunities for vocational training centres, colleges and universities. In particular, they spent much time discussing crafts and skills that Vietnam has high demand in education and training. The delegates also exchanged views on vocational training programs in Vietnam, models of partnership in hotel management and tourism, and modes of cooperation among universities. Over the past few years, Vietnam and Australia have strengthened cooperation in education and training. Every year, the Australian government provides more than 200 scholarships for Vietnam.... [read more]

They will meet with senior officers and sailors from the Vietnamese People’s Navy to conduct a professional exchange on ship borne helicopter operations. The crew will participate in a friendly sporting activity with cadets at the Naval Technical College and play Australian Rules Football against the Vietnam Swans at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). They also plan to receive children from Sunrise Special School (Binh Minh), supported by LORETO Vietnam-Australia program. “This is an excellent opportunity to build upon the Australian Vietnam Defence cooperation relationship that commenced in 1999 and has recently been reaffirmed at the meeting between our two Defence Ministers in Hanoi in August 2012,” said Group Captain Matthew Dudley, Australian Defence Attaché in Vietnam. “Since 1999, the Australian Defence Force has trained over 1,200 Vietnamese People’s Army officers in Vietnam and Australia,” he added. HMAS SYDNEY is commanded by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Captain Luke Charles-Jones. The ship is a modified ADELAIDE Class guided missile frigate with roles including air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, interdiction and reconnaissance. HMAS SYDNEY is also fitted with a flight deck and hangars for two helicopters and has a top speed of 29 knots.... [read more]

This year’s group is among more than 3,000 Vietnamese who have received long-term scholarships from the Australian Government since the opening of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1973. The awardees will undertake post-graduate (Masters and Doctorates) studies in a diverse range of key development areas such as economics, education, environment, rural development, health and disability in Australia at a university of their choice. More than half of the awardees are women and four are from ethnic minorities, reflecting the high priority Australia places on equity in its selection of award recipients. Many of the awardees have undertaken up to nine months English language training in Vietnam in order to meet the English language requirements for study at an Australian university. Speaking at the awards ceremony in Hanoi on December 3, Australian Ambassador Hugh Borrowman said, “The Australia Awards were introduced in November 2009 to help build future leaders for the 21st century, strengthen regional trade and economic linkages, and foster wide-ranging people to people links between Australia and other nations”. “These 135 Vietnamese scholars are expected to contribute to Vietnam’s development and maintain the linkages between Vietnam and Australia when they come back”, he said. Vietnam is the second largest recipient of Australia Awards with around 400 awards on offer each year, of which 250 postgraduate awards are managed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).... [read more]

At the signing ceremony, MOET Deputy Minister Nguyen Vinh Hien acknowledged the importance of the partnership to increase the levels of English proficiency in Vietnam’s school system. The event also marked the start of activities to commemorate 40 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Australia in 2013, he noted. In the first agreement, Australian enterprise the English Language Company (ELC) will provide volunteer teachers from native English-speaking countries such as the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa to primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities throughout Vietnam. The volunteers will be trained and assigned to educational insititutions based on greatest demand to help increase English levels for students and improve the communication skills of Vietnamese teachers. In the second agreement, Australian education software developer Greg Ellis will supply MOET’s National Foreign Language Scheme 2020 with software that trains students and teachers for standard English and IELTS examinations. Ellis developed the software after 10 years of researching Vietnamese students in Melbourne, Australia, and Ho Chi Minh City.... [read more]




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