NA Chairwoman seeks stronger education, sci-tech ties with Australia

Thursday, 2017-11-30 11:21:35
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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (third from left) and the leaders of CSIRO and the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
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NDO/VNA – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan visited several research establishments, on November 30, as part of her official visit to Australia, during which she affirmed that Vietnam always attaches great importance to education and science-technology.

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Speaking at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on November 30, the Vietnamese NA leader expressed her delight at witnessing the signing of an action programme between the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

She said that the signing reflects Vietnam’s interest in its comprehensive partnership with Australia, including in science and technology.

Ngan spoke highly of the joint work between the MoST and the CSIRO after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull witnessed the signing of a support agreement for Vietnam on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week in early November, in Da Nang.

CSIRO is the largest and most prestigious research organisation in Australia, in many fields such as agriculture, food, energy, health care and bio safety, land and water, manufacturing technology, mineral resources, marine and atmospheric science, astronomy and cosmology, information technology and media.

Visiting the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) on the same day, Ngan underscored the importance of technological adoption in agriculture as 70% of the Vietnamese population relies on agriculture.

The senior legislator lauded the cooperation between the MoST and the ACIAR over the past few years, contributing to improving the standard of living for Vietnamese citizens.

ACIAR began its partnership with Vietnams in 1993, and have since implemented 170 projects at a total cost of nearly US$76 million, mostly in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The centre stated that its main objective is to help to improve the sustainable livelihoods of Vietnamese farmers, especially those working on a small scale.