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Vietnam, Australia to enjoy stronger partnership in the future

January 23, 2021 | 20:40

With a firm foundation from sound bilateral relations and the determination of senior leaders of both sides, Vietnam and Australia will enjoy a stronger partnership in the future, stressed representative of the Ho Chi Minh city's Vietnam-Australia Friendship Association.

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Vietnam, Australia to enjoy stronger partnership in the future
At the event. Source: VOH

The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and the city's Vietnam-Australia Friendship Association held a gathering on January 22 to celebrate the Australia Day, observed every January 26, reported VNA.

Speaking at the event, Ngo Thi Phuong Thien, Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam-Australia Friendship Association noted that Vietnam and Australia set up a comprehensive partnership in September 2009 that was elevated to a strategic partnership in March 2018.

She said bilateral ties have been expanded in all fields, including politics, economy, trade, investment, security-defence, culture, education, and tourism.

The HUFO and the Vietnam-Australia Friendship Association in HCM City hope to continue to receive cooperation from the Australian Consulate General in the city as well as Australian businesses and organisations to enhance people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in culture, sports, and tourism between the two countries, and foster the solidarity and friendship between the people of HCM City and Australia, she said.

Vietnam, Australia to enjoy stronger partnership in the future
Julianne Cowley, Australian Consul General in HCM City speaks at the event. Source: VOH

Julianne Cowley, Australian Consul General in HCM City, said Vietnam and Australia have shared a long-lasting and close friendship and growing partnership in areas such as education, development assistance, trade, and investment.

She said that Australia is proud to be the top choice of Vietnamese students, along with thousands studying Australian programmes in Vietnam.

More than 80,000 Vietnamese who studied in Australia have become a force of connection between the two countries, she noted, with many holding important positions in the southern economic hub.

She pledged to continue working closely with HCM City departments and sectors, including HUFO, in development cooperation programmes, thus further bolstering the partnership.

On the same day, the HCM City People’s Committee and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) of Australia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in tertiary education and smart city building.

The city and the institute has agreed to promote innovation and startups, and to enhance leadership capacity of the city’s officials in urban management, smart city building, digital government, and innovation./.

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