Accordingly, on November 7, at the Government Headquarters, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received the Premier of the Northern Territory of Australia.
At the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister congratulated the achievements of the Northern Territory in the fields of mining, agriculture, tourism and construction.
And the Premier of the Northern Territory expressed his pleasure to visit Vietnam for the first time.
The two countries’ representatives also acknowledged the recent positive achievements of the Vietnam-Australia Strategic Partnership in the fields of politics, defence, trade, education and agriculture.
From the end of 2017 until now, Australia and Vietnam have exchanged 7 high-level delegations; By the end of the third quarter of 2018, two-way trade turnover had reached US$5.72 billion, up 20% over the same period in 2017.
It can be seen that, on the positive and substantive development momentum of bilateral relations, relations between localities have also been strongly promoted. This includes the relationship between the Northern Territory of Australia and Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Khanh Hoa, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
Speaking at the meeting, Premier Michael Gunner affirmed that Australia always attaches importance to strengthening relations with Vietnam; ready to further promote trade, investment and educational cooperation with Vietnam.
According to Mr. Gunner, he highly welcomes and will create favorable conditions for VietjetAir to open flights to Darwin in 2019, and encourage Vietnamese businesses to increase investment in the Northern Territory.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasized Vietnam’s interest in developing high-tech agriculture, human resource training, and science and technology.
He also highly appreciated and proposed the Northern Territory Leaders to increase scholarships for Vietnamese students through the StudyNT program and create more favorable conditions for people of Vietnamese origin to work and live locally.
Also on this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and the Premier of the Northern Territory witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Michael Gunner also had a meeting with Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong and Vietnamese businesses within the framework of this visit.