Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University Barney Glover speaks at the forum (Photo: VNA)

Sydney (VNA) – The Australia – Vietnam Capacity Building Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in Agrifood Business opened in Sydney on May 28, offering a chance for Vietnamese female entrepreneurs to have creative thinking and gain closer access to international standards.

In his opening remarks, Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University Barney Glover said that Australia is one of the most reliable suppliers of high-quality agrifood in the world.

Two-thirds of Australia’s exported farm produce are shipped to Asia, so it is essential for the country to build a business network of agricultural products.

He stressed the need to boost trade ties between Australia and Vietnam as the Southeast Asian nation is emerging as a new and potential market. The two countries’ agrifood holds numerous similarities and can supplement each other.

Trinh Duc Hai, Vietnamese Consul General in New South Wales state, shared that the Vietnamese female entrepreneur community is expanding. Currently, 30 percent of the total Vietnamese enterprises are owned by women.

The Vietnamese Government always supports the community with the aim of raising the proportion to 50 percent by 2020, Hai added.

The Australia – Vietnam Capacity Building Forum is scheduled to take place until June 1. It aims to create opportunities for Vietnamese female entrepreneurs to update information on issues related to improving the competitiveness of enterprises in the market of agricultural production and processing, and understanding the current situation and demand for agricultural products in Australia.

The forum, jointly held by Western Sydney University, Australia – ASEAN Council, and Ho Chi Minh City’s University of Economics, is also a chance for Vietnamese and Australian businesswomen to share their experiences on innovative solutions in preserving and processing agricultural products.-VNA