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Vietnam – Australia upgrade relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his counterpart Anthony Albanese announced the upgrade of Vietnam – Australia relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership after the talks.

“At today’s talks, the Prime Minister and I announced on behalf of the two governments the upgrade of Vietnam-Australia relations to the level of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said at a joint press conference on March 7 at the Australian Parliament building in Canberra.

The Prime Minister affirmed that this new relationship framework will contribute to strengthening political trust and deepening Vietnam-Australia cooperation, meeting the common aspirations of the two peoples. The two sides will work closely to implement 6 major directions to bring cooperation in various fields into a deeper, more effective and substantive way.

The first is higher, more strategic political and diplomatic trust. The two sides agreed to strengthen delegation exchanges and high-level contacts, promote people-to-people exchanges, cooperation among localities, cooperation in the field of gender equality and protection of rights for vulnerable groups.

The second is that economic, trade and investment cooperation is more inclusive, substantive and effective, taking advantage of the potentials of the two highly complementary economies.

Accordingly, the two sides agreed to facilitate the market opening for each other’s agricultural products, aiming to diversify supply chains for the two countries. Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked Australia to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to do business and invest in this country; Australian businesses are welcome to invest and do business in Vietnam, especially high-quality projects, modern technology.

The third is to promote science-technology cooperation, innovation, digital transformation and green transformation more strongly.

The two countries will effectively implement the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of science and technology and innovation. Australia supports technology transfer to Vietnamese SMEs; calling on Australian technology enterprises to cooperate with innovation centers, software parks, semiconductor chip manufacturing in Vietnam.

The fourth is cultural, education-training, environmental, and more comprehensive and deeper cooperation in responding to climate change.

In these areas, the two sides agreed to strengthen cultural exchanges; promote vocational education cooperation, increase the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in Australia; opened more branches of major Australian universities in Vietnam. The two countries will also promote the green hydrogen production industry in Vietnam, cooperate in responding to climate change, and support Vietnam in achieving its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

The fifth is people-to-people exchanges, connections between generations are more open and sincere. The two sides agreed to promote the signing of a cooperation agreement in the field of tourism, striving to bring the two countries into the group of each other’s leading tourism markets; soon implement a Memorandum of Understanding between the two governments on supporting Vietnamese citizens working in Australia’s agricultural sector.

The 6th is more understanding, understanding and sharing about security and defense cooperation. The two sides agreed to effectively implement the Peacekeeping Partnership Agreement; continue to cooperate closely in the fields of training, training, prevention of transnational crimes, information sharing, experience exchange among armies and services, overcoming war consequences, and building national data.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed his delight that the two countries are important partners, reflecting their shared vision and future goals and expectations.

He said he had effective exchanges with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh about the relationship between the two countries in both depth and breadth, including climate change, energy, digital transformation, trade, agriculture and defense.

Prime Minister Albanese is proud that the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries has a number of additional areas on climate change, environment and energy cooperation. The two countries are committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and have signed a new agreement to strengthen monitoring of climate change impacts on the marine environment.

The two sides will also work closely to seize opportunities in technology transformation through a new pillar, thereby strengthening capacity in the fields of science and technology, innovation and trade promotion.

Bilateral trade in 2022 reached AUD 25.7 billion, up 75% from 2020, making Vietnam Australia’s 12th largest trading partner. In the coming time, Australia will strengthen economic ties with Vietnam and promote investment between the two countries.

He said at the first annual Australia-Vietnam Trade Ministers’ Dialogue held in Melbourne on March 5, Austrade and Vietrade signed an agreement to boost trade and investment opportunities.

“The two sides have agreed agreements to enable 1,000 Vietnamese workers to work in agriculture, filling labour shortages in rural and remote areas of Australia. The workers are expected to start arriving this year,” he said.

Exchanging views on regional and international issues, the two Prime Ministers agreed to continue supporting each other and cooperating closely at regional and international forums, especially the United Nations, ASEAN and ASEAN-led mechanisms.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh highly appreciated Australia’s views on supporting the rule of international law in the region and resolving disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means, in accordance with international law, especially UNCLOS 1982.

The two leaders witnessed the handing over of 11 cooperation documents in the fields of education and training; peacekeeping; consumer protection; trade and investment promotion; science – technology, innovation; finance; bank; scientific research for agricultural, forestry and fishery development; labour; environmental resources; and energy and minerals.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh believed that by upgrading relations to the highest level, Vietnam and Australia have entered a new chapter in the history of bilateral relations towards more substantive, effective, comprehensive, inclusive and sustainable cooperation in all fields, contribute positively to peace, stability, cooperation, friendship and development in the region and the world.

The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership is the highest level of relations between countries. Up to now, Vietnam has established diplomatic relations with nearly 200 countries, including the Comprehensive Strategic Partners of China, Russia, India, South Korea, the United States, Japan and Australia.


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