Vietnam, Australia’s Northern Territory step up cooperation
09/02/2014-The Vietnamese Consulate General in Perth organised an array of activities from February 9-12 to strengthen economic, trade and cultural ties between Vietnam and Australia’s Northern Territory.
Consul General Le Viet Duyen held a working session with leaders of relevant ministries and branches in the territory.
At the meeting, Governor Adam Giles noted with pleasure the cooperation achievements in various areas that Vietnam and Northern Australia attained last year.
He voiced his wish to step up cooperation with Vietnam, especially in education, agricultural development, construction, investment and mining.
Noting his upcoming visit to Vietnam, the Governor called for further twinned relationships between the Northern Territory and Vietnamese localities, particularly Ho Chi Minh City, the northern port city of Hai Phong and the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, in the fields of mutual concern.
At a working session with the orgnising board of the Darwin Festival, Duyen suggested coordination between the two sides in introducing Vietnamese culture at the festival.
He also proposed a cultural connection be forged between Vietnam’s Central Highlands people and Australia’s indigenous people during local annual festivals to be held in the time ahead.
The Northern Territory is one of the localities that generates the highest economic growth in the country, with nearly 20 billion AUD (17.9 billion USD) recorded in 2013.
Vietnam has become its increasingly important partner in such realms as trade and seafood.
The Vietnamese Consulate General on February 9 also held a get-together for overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in the Northern Territory on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.
Duyen briefed the OVs on the country’s socio-economic and diplomatic situation as well as major developments in the relationship between Vietnam and the Australian locality in 2013.
Most worth of note is the 40 th anniversary of Vietnam-Australia diplomatic ties, which was marked by a broad range of economic, cultural and political activities co-organised by the Vietnamese Consulate General and local authorities.
Stressing the Vietnamese Party and State’s persistent policy of considering OVs an integral part of the Vietnamese nation, the Consul General called on those in Northern Territory to continue contributing to the host country’s socio-economic development and their homeland’s national construction.
On this occasion, Duyen thanked local authorities and people for their support given to the Vietnamese community, helping stabilise their lives and integrate in the host country.
In response, representatives of the local authorities spoke highly of significant contributions made by the Vietnamese community to the locality’s socio-economic development.
Vietnam has become the territory’s second important partner in animal trading, they said, adding that Vietnamese’s mango farms have become the pride of the locality.
At the gathering, participants had a chance to enjoy Vietnam’s traditional lion dances and sampled dishes popular during the Tet holiday.-VNA