Interview with Ruth Stone, Assistant Secretary, Vietnam and Mekong Strategy Branch, DFAT
Ruth Stone, Assistant Secretary, Vietnam and Mekong Strategy Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade joined us for an interview at the Business Champion Brisbane Roundtable in August 2022 to discuss the need for Australia and Vietnam to expand their trade and investment relationship.
Ruth discusses how the Australian State and Territory Business Champion Roundtables are helping to better understand Vietnam’s market and identify the challenges and opportunities for Australian exporters. With the 50 year anniversary of diplomatic relations approaching she reflects on the many successes we’ve had so far, yet makes it clear that we will only continue to go from ‘strength to strength’.
This interview forms part of the AVPI’s ‘Approaching 50 years of diplomatic relations’ series. Across 2022 we sat down with several key stakeholders at our events to discuss the upcoming milestone between Australia and Vietnam, their reflections on the relationship and what they hope we can achieve together in the future.