As reported by the Vietnam Australia Business Newspaper, following the working program in Northern Australia, on the morning of July 5, at Development House, Darwin, Australia, the delegation of Ba Ria Vung Tau province (BRVT) had a meeting. Meeting with representatives of the government and a number of Northern Australian business organizations to discuss cooperation issues of mutual interest.
Attending the meeting, on the side of BRVT province, there were Mr. Nguyen Hong Linh – Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the People’s Council of BRVT province – head of the delegation; Mr. Tran Van Tuan – Vice Chairman of the province; Mr. Thai Van Dien – Political Commissar of the Provincial Military Command; Ms. Bui Thi Dung – Director of Department of Industry and Trade; Mr. Tran Van Cuong – Director of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Ms. Le Thi Trang Dai – Director of Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs; Mr. Le Huu Hien – Deputy Director of Department of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Huynh Van Danh – Secretary of Phu My Town Party Committee.
On the Northern side of Australia, there was Mrs. Kate Worden MLA – Deputy Minister of Multiculturalism – on behalf of the Premier of the Northern Territory attended; Mr. Luke Bowen – Head of Investment Management, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation (DTBI); Mrs. Catherine White – Senior Director of Sales and Human Resources Department, DTBI; Ms. Debra Liddiard – Director of the Agency for International Education and Non-Governmental Schools; Ms. Linda Lee – Director of Agribusiness Development, Department of Industry and Key Resources; Mr. Tony Considine – Head of Cooperation and Integration Management Department, Department of Education; with representatives from AUSTRAD North Australia. Mr. Tran Ba Phuc, Chairman of VBAA and lawyer Do Gia Thang, General Secretary of VBAA also attended the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, BRVT Provincial Party Secretary – Mr. Nguyen Hong Linh said that Vietnam and Australia have had 45 years of establishing diplomatic relations and have raised the level of strategic partnership. Australia and the province of BRVT have also spent 10 years building a cooperative relationship with the two sides regularly organizing delegations and exchanges to promote trade and investment activities. During this business trip to Northern Australia, BRVT leaders agreed on 6 main contents of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation with the Northern Australian government, focusing on issues of agricultural development and tourism, and cooperation. vocational training in these two areas. Mr. Linh believes that the two localities will have more opportunities for deeper cooperation in the future.
Mr. Tran Van Tuan, Vice Chairman of BRVT suggested continuing to maintain rotational dialogue between the two localities from now until 2022 and actively organizing youth and student exchange programs to strengthen the relationship between the two localities. BRVT and Northern Australia. In the field of education and training, Mr. Tuan said, BRVT is studying a model of a Vocational Training Fund to support the province’s international students to study in Northern Australia. Mr. Tuan suggested that the Northern Australian government have a supportive policy so that this Fund can soon be implemented in practice. In the field of investment, Mr. Tuan affirmed that BRVT will adopt associations such as VBAA to create favorable conditions for businesses of the two sides to exchange and cooperate in investment in areas of strength such as agriculture and fisheries. . In the tourism sector, BRVT is constantly upgrading its infrastructure to attract international tourists. Mr. Tuan said that Vietnam is currently studying a proposal to open a sea transport route connecting Northern Australia with Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City and BRVT.
Answering on behalf of the Premier of Northern Australia, Ms. Kate Worden said the Northern Territory Government has developed a development plan in accordance with the local EDF Economic Development Program developed in 2017 and the Growth Strategy. population in the period 2018-2028. Accordingly, Northern Australia aims to build a “borderless” territory for creative ideas, building Northern Australia as the ideal place to live, work, travel, study, invest, trade and business. The objective of the Program is to combine economic growth with local population growth. Currently, Northern Australia’s population is close to 250,000 people, gross domestic product is 26.2 billion dollars with a growth of 1.7% in 2017-2018 and an estimated 2.9% in 2018 -2019. The average salary for workers here is $ 1,817 / week with the unemployment rate as of October 2018 at 4.6%. Northern Australia is currently in great demand for skilled workers to work and settle in this territory.
In the field of education, Ms. Worden welcomed the cooperation activities in the field of education between the educational institutions of Northern Australia and BRVT. In the coming time, Northern Australia will provide 10 scholarships per year to Vietnamese students with a value of $7,500/per for the first year of study abroad, creating conditions for BRVT students to have more opportunities to access with high quality education in Northern Australia.
At the end of the working session, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the provincial government of BRVT and the government of the Northern Territory.