In the Northern Territory, the Delegation has made a courtesy call to the Speaker of the National Assembly; Deputy Chief Minister; attended the questioning session of the NT Parliament; working with the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and the NT Aboriginal Affairs Office; visited Darwin University and Vocational College; visited a mangoes farm owned by Vietnamese farmer.
The Minister and Chairman of Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) shared that the ethnic minority communities in Vietnam and the Indigenous Australian communities in the Northern Territory have many similarities, the two sides have many opportunities to promote cooperation on the ethnic minority affairs in Vietnam and the First Nations people of Northern Territory.
CEMA has drafted a “Memorandum of Cooperation between CEMA and the Northern Territory Government” and sent it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The two Ministers hoped that on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia with the theme “Year of the Indigenous Peoples”, the two sides could sign a Memorandum of Cooperation, creating an important mark in cooperation between the two sides as well as between the two countries.
In Canberra, the Delegation worked with the Australian Federal Government Minister for Indigenous Affairs; Southeast Asia and Vietnam – Mekong Divisions, the Ambassador for First Nation People in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA); the Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
VN Minister Hau A Lenh and Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians discussed the Draft “Memorandum of Cooperation between CEMA and NIAA” and agreed after the relevant agencies of the two competent parties participated, commenting and completing, the two sides wishes to sign cooperation on the occasion of the two countries’ 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia or on the occasion of the recent high-level visit to Australia by senior leaders of Vietnam, with the theme “Year of indigenous peoples” will make an important mark in cooperation on ethnic minority affairs and Indigenous affairs of the two countries.
Mr Sean Armistead, Executive Director of the Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), said that in addition to the agency’s effectiveness, the government’s requirement that 3 per cent of state funding for agencies and organisations be earmarked for Indigenous peoples was also an important factor in making Indigenous businesses in Australia thrive over the recent years.
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