National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and CSIRO delegates (Source: VNA) 
 
Sydney (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on November 30 visited several research establishments as part of her official visit to Australia, during which she affirmed that Vietnam always attaches importance to education and science-technology. 

Speaking at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on November 30, the Vietnamese NA leader expressed her delight at witnessing the signing of an action programme between the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

She said the signing reflects Vietnam’s interest in comprehensive partnership with Australia, including in science and technology.

Ngan spoke highly of joint work between the MoST and the CSIRO after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull witnessed the signing of support agreement for Vietnam on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week in early November in Da Nang.

CSIRO is the largest and most prestigious research organisation of Australia in many fields such as agriculture, food, energy, health care and bio safety, land and water, manufacturing technology, mineral resources, marine and atmospheric science, astronomy and cosmology, information technology and media.

Visiting the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) the same day, Ngan underscored the importance of technological adoption in agriculture as 70 percent of Vietnamese population rely on agriculture.

The top legislature lauded cooperation between the MoST and the ACIAR over the past years, contributing to improving the living conditions for Vietnamese.

ACIAR began partnership with Vietnams in 1993, and have since implemented 170 projects at a total cost of nearly 76 million USD, mostly in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The centre said its main objective is to help improve sustainable livelihoods of Vietnamese farmers, especially those working on small scale.-VNA