Australia Vietnam Policy Institute (AVPI), Australia’s first policy institute focused on its relationship with Vietnam, to launch February 22.

RMIT University,  Asia Society Australia Asialink and the Australia-Vietnam Leadership Dialogue have combined their Vietnam experience and expertise to establish the inaugural Australia Vietnam Policy Institute (AVPI). The AVPI will be launched via a virtual event on Tuesday, 22 February 2022, from 3.30 – 4.30pm AEDT. This is a free, public event with registrations via Eventbrite.

Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) under the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Grant Program, the AVPI is the first ever policy institute dedicated to the relationship between Australia and Vietnam.

The AVPI will provide a platform for bilateral engagement, growing strategic policy discussions, partnerships and knowledge networks around opportunities for two-way trade and investment, collaboration and innovation between Australia and Vietnam. It’s consortium approach brings together a powerful network of organisations in specialist fields to bring meaningful impact, and foster business and trade opportunities.

Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Her Excellency Ms Robyn Mudie said the AVPI will foster new partnerships between Australia and Vietnam, providing opportunities to strengthen the relationship.

“As the first policy institute focused on the Australia-Vietnam relationship, the AVPI will play an important role in strengthening the bilateral relationship through research and strategic dialogue. Its establishment will also support the goals to further mature the relationship and elevate it to the next level.”

The AVPI virtual launch event will bring together senior representatives across government and industry, who will share their insights and draw on international expertise to explore the implementation of the Australia-Vietnam Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy.

Opening remarks by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Her Excellency Ms Robyn Mudie, Vietnam’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Nguyen Tat Thanh and RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Prof Alec Cameron, will set the tone for an engaging panel discussion by industry leaders about the ongoing bilateral partnership between Australia and Vietnam.

Asia Society Australia CEO Philipp Ivanov said the new partnership was a powerful alliance created by a belief that Australia and Vietnam are natural economic and strategic partners in Asia.

“AVPI will create an inclusive platform for Australia-Viet Nam experts, practitioners and community to collaborate, learn and look for ways to enhance our bilateral ties.”

The Australia Vietnam Leadership Dialogue (AVLD) Board Director, Dr Melissa Jardine, has said the AVPI is being launched at a crucial period in the Asia region’s economic development, its geo-political importance and for environmental protection and security.

“There has never been a more important time to develop, support and engage leaders from Australia and Vietnam to ensure we construct a safe and sustainable future where everyone can thrive.”

The AVPI exists as a virtual hub, acting as a one-stop shop for research and insights around the strategic and economic relationship between Australia and Vietnam.

As part of its ongoing activities, AVPI will host policy dialogue roundtables throughout 2022, activating discussion around key sectors vital to both countries economic development, including digital economy, cyber security, sustainability and gender equality.



Britt Liebeck, Engagement Officer

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Publication Date
Friday 18th February, 2022