Australia-Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue opens for applications

Saturday, 2018-10-06 16:49:55
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Participants at the launching ceremony (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA - The Australia – Vietnam Young Leadership Dialogue (AVYLD) 2019 was officially launched at the Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia on October 5 to bring together young leaders from both countries and engage them in promoting the bilateral relationship.

Present at the event were Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia Peter Cosgrove and his spouse, Vietnamese Consul General in New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia Trinh Duc Hai, and Australia-ASEAN Council Board Chairwoman Christine Holgate.

The event also marked the launch of application invitation from both emerging young Vietnamese and Australian leaders in business, startups, academia, government, not-for-profit and the arts. Twenty candidates will be later selected to attend the AVYLD to be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from May 26 – 30, 2019.

Following the highly successful inaugural dialogue in 2017, the delegates will come together to openly discuss the theme “Beyond 2019: creating a sustainable future together”.

In his opening remarks, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove highly spoke of the decades-long relationship in diplomacy, trade and economics between Vietnam and Australia, saying this year is special as it marks the 45th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.

He expressed his belief that to maintain the prosperity for the two nations against the backdrop of globalisation, they need young leaders who are innovative, compassionate and courageous with an international vision.

He expects the AVYLD will help bridge innovators who will directly contribute to the bilateral relations and more importantly, foster the sustainable development in both sides.