It has been great to be in Melbourne this week meeting with industry, government and universities as we work together to further strengthen the Australia Vietnam relationship.
It was my privilege to attend a Vietnam roundtable hosted by the Australia Vietnam Policy Institute last week at RMIT University with industry leaders to discuss how together we boost two way trade and investment between our two nations. The meeting was conveyed by the three Australia Business Champions to Vietnam including Mr Martin Bean former Vice Chancellor of RMIT, Louise Adams, Chief Operating Officer of Aurecon and Rob Gordon CEO of SunRice.
The work of the Australia Vietnam Policy Institute is critically important in building knowledge and exchange around Vietnam in Australia as we enter a new era of deepened cooperation between our two countries. Our meeting today happened at the same time as ASEAN Ambassadors were in Victoria for the ASEAN-Australia Business Summit.
Our meetings in Melbourne have also happened in parallel to the Quad meetings in Tokyo. Australia’s New Government took its South East Asia policy to the Quad meetings, which recognising the economic growth of the region, and its importance to Australia’s strategic future. So much has happened this week. And I believe there has never been a more exciting time for Australia’s relationship with Vietnam, and with ASEAN.
It is great to see so many Australian companies interested in Vietnam and I look forward to working with the Australia Vietnam Policy Institute and all its consortia partners to continue to build interest and engagement in Vietnam.
H.E Mr. Nguyen Tat Thanh is Vietnam’s Ambassador to Australia