Vietnam, Australia rejoice over thriving strategic partnershipThursday, November 8,2018
AsemconnectVietnam - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Chief Minister of the Northern Territory of Australia Michael Gunner have noted with joy the achievements in the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership in recent times, especially in politics, defence, trade, education, and agriculture.
Up to the end of this year’s third quarter, bilateral trade hit US$5.72 billion, up 20% from last year’s same period.
Regarding Vietnam’s attention given to developing high-tech agriculture, human resources training, and science-technology, Minh said he hopes that leaders of the Northern Territory will grant more scholarships to Vietnamese students through the Northern Territory Government’s “Study in Australia’s Northern Territory” (StudyNT) programme.
He said with confidence that the Northern Territory would offer more favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese living and working in the locality.
Michael Gunner, in turn, stated that the Northern Territory always places importance on enhancing ties with Vietnam and assured its readiness to step up cooperation in trade, investment, and education. The Northern Territory will consider collaboration in transport and tourism with Vietnam, he added.
The Northern Territory will create the best possible conditions for low-cost carrier Vietjet Air to open an air route to the city of Darwin next year, he said, adding that Vingroup and TH True Milk’s investments are welcome, especially in the areas of its strength such as husbandry, plantation, and tourism.
On the occasion, Deputy PM Minh and Michael Gunner witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Northern Territory’s Chamber of Commerce.
During his visit from November 6-9, Michael Gunner had working sessions with Minister of Education Phung Xuan Nha, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, and Vietnamese businesses operating in trade, agriculture, education, and transport.
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