Promoting the Vietnam-Australia Strategic Partnership

On the afternoon of June 7, Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue had an online conversation with Australian House of Representatives Speaker Tony Smith to promote the strategic partnership between the two countries in general and the bilateral parliamentary relations. country in the near future.

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue speaks at the conference - Photo: VGP/Nguyen Hoang
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue speaks at the conference – Photo: VGP/Nguyen Hoang

Attending the online conference were high-ranking officials of the National Assembly of Vietnam, the House of Representatives of Australia and Ambassadors of the two countries.

At the talks, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Australian House of Representatives Speaker Tony Smith both affirmed that the strategic partnership between the two developed countries is increasingly reliable, practical and in-depth. Despite the dangerous development of the COVID-19 pandemic since last year, the two sides still maintain regular exchanges and contacts, which was recently a phone call between Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Prime Minister Scott Morrison; signed the Action Program to implement the Strategic Partnership for the period of 2020-2023. In addition, bilateral import-export turnover will reach 8 billion USD in 2020, an increase of nearly 5% compared to 2019; At the same time, Australia continues to support Vietnam in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, increasing investment in Vietnam in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure, education and through the cooperation mechanism between Victoria and the City. Ho Chi Minh.

In the common diplomatic relationship between the two countries, the relationship between the Parliaments of the two countries has also developed well on the basis of the new phase cooperation agreement between the National Assembly of Vietnam and the Australian Federal Parliament (including the Senate and the Australian Parliament). House of Representatives) since May 2013 on both bilateral cooperation and multilateral parliamentary forums.

Overview of Vietnam's bridgehead at the conference
Overview of Vietnam’s bridgehead at the conference

Assessing that Australia is a power that plays an increasingly important role in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world, National Assembly Chairwoman Vuong Dinh Hue suggested the two sides continue to maintain exchanges and contacts in other countries. granted by appropriate forms; strengthen economic and trade cooperation, strive to quickly double two-way trade turnover compared to the present; continue to promote cooperation in the fields of defense, military medicine, cyber security, science and technology,…; continue to extend the duration of stay and reduce visa costs for Vietnamese citizens and create more favorable conditions for Vietnamese students to return to Australia to study; support equitable access to vaccines and transfer of technology to produce COVID-19 vaccines for difficult countries, including Vietnam.

In addition, in order to promote the inherent tradition of parliamentary relations, towards the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 2023, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue cordially invites Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tony Smith visited Vietnam, creating conditions for groups of parliamentarians of the two sides to exchange experiences in monitoring important issues, promoting the legislative role in developing bilateral relations, especially building building laws and institutional frameworks suitable for the strong development of science and technology (sandbox testing mechanism, sharing economy); continue to implement bilateral and multilateral agreements such as CPTPP, RCEP; cooperate to create a legal framework to support the operating activities of Governments.

The conversation takes place online
The conversation takes place online

House Speaker Tony Smith expressed his agreement with the proposals of the Speaker of the National Assembly to strengthen and develop diplomatic relations in general and parliamentary relations in particular of the two countries, and at the same time trust the two countries. will have a good future. Regarding vaccines against COVID-19, Speaker of the House Tony Smith said vaccination in Australia was implemented quickly when there was a Vaccine Program and the Australian Government’s position was to do it quickly to serve the people and the economy. Australia has committed to providing Vietnam with AUD 40 million to access a COVID-19 vaccine. The Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives expressed his wish that as soon as the country opens, he will directly visit Vietnam.

At the talks, the two leaders exchanged regional and international issues of mutual concern. In particular, on the East Sea issue, the two sides affirmed the consistent stance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea, peacefully settling disputes. disputes based on international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.