Vietnam seeks cooperation with Western Australia: NA Chairwoman

Friday, 2017-12-01 10:49:27
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National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Governor of Western Australia Kerry Sanderson
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NDO/VNA - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with the leaders of Western Australia to seek cooperation opportunities in various fields of mutual interest, such as mining, renewable energy, liquefied petroleum gas, education-training, tourism, seaport and agriculture.

At a meeting with Governor of Western Australia Kerry Sanderson in Perth, on December 1, Chairwoman Ngan expressed her belief that the elevation of the bilateral strategic partnership, on the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Australia in March 2018, would create a foundation for the two countries’ localities and businesses to enhance their cooperation.

She noted that two-way trade reached nearly US$984 million in 2016, while Vietnam is the 16th biggest trade partner of Western Australia.

Sanderson affirmed that the Western Australia administration attaches great importance to its cooperative relations with Vietnam.

Vietnam has a lot of potential to develop its tourism sector, with popular destinations like Hoi An ancient town, Son Doong cave, and Ha Long Bay, she said, adding that it is necessary to open a direct air route between Vietnam and Perth.

The two sides discussed the fields that require stronger collaboration in the future, such as education, culture, tourism, science-technology, education-training and people-to-people exchanges.

While meeting with President of the Western Australian Legislative Council Kate Doust and Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australia Lisa Baker, Chairwoman Ngan described Western Australia as the world’s leading natural resources mining centre and a top educational centre in Australia, which plays a significant role in the Vietnam-Australia cooperation.

Vietnam supports businesses from the state to strengthen their trade and investment partnership with Vietnamese localities in order to increase two-way trade to AUD2 billion (US$1.5 billion) in the time ahead, Ngan said.

She called on Western Australia to support Vietnam in the fields of its strengths, such as agriculture, livestock, water management, and education.

The two Western Australian legislators said that they want to promote their cooperation with Vietnam in science-technology, education and economics.

At a meeting with Chief Justice of Western Australia Wayne Martin, Chairwoman Ngan hailed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam.

She hoped that the Supreme Court of Western Australia would support the training of Vietnamese judges, as well as sharing legal information and experience in judicial administration.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is on an official visit to Australia.