Vietnam – Australia future looks bright through new strategic partnership

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Craig Chittick    Reporter: What are your assessments on the results brought about by the high-levels visits and cooperation projects in trade, education and training, culture and other areas between Australia and Vietnam in 2016 and 2017 since the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) organised successfully the 12th National Party Congress? Ambassador Craig Chittick: Since the establishment of diplomatic relations 45 years ago, Australia and Vietnam have developed a strong political, economic and security relationship. Recent high level visits and enhanced cooperation in new areas such as innovation and infrastructure reflect a deepening of these ties and the importance both countries place on the partnership. Last year alone saw new agreements and initiatives on issues as diverse as economic reform, illegal fishing, women’s empowerment and agriculture. Our existing initiatives also continued to deliver results, for example, the Australian supported Vietnam Climate Innovation Centre (VCIC) helped 17 companies to develop new solutions to climate change challenges in Vietnam with around 45% of these companies run by women. VCIC will work with a further 21 companies in 2018. Last year also saw an unprecedented number of high-level visits between the two countries including by Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and the Chairwoman of Vietnam’s National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. These visits have served to further strengthen relations between the two countries and reflect the growing importance of the relationship. Looking ahead, this trend will continue with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc to visit Australia in 2018. In my… [Read full story]

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