Roadshows to celebrate 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Australia partnership hinh anh 1Australian food and beverages showcased during an event in Hanoi as part of celebrations of 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Australia diplomatic relationship. (Photo courtesy of the Australian Embassy)
HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Vietnam and Australia have great potential to expand cooperation in a range of sectors, especially agriculture and education, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski.

The ambassador was speaking at an event on March 27 in Hanoi, which was organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Australia.

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) is organising two roadshows in localities across Vietnam, including Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang in March and Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Can Tho in September.

The roadshows will expand opportunities for Australian and Vietnamese partners in agrifood and education sectors to discuss commercial partnerships, according to Goledzinowski.

“By unlocking new opportunities in education and agrifood, the events will also create new partnerships and collaborations that will benefit both countries.”

Vietnam has been one of Australia’s fastest-growing trading partners in recent years. Two-way trade between Vietnam and Australia grew 27% last year to A$23.5 billion (US$15.71 billion).

Australia is Vietnam’s seventh largest trading partner while Vietnam is Australia’s 10th largest trading partner.

The two countries enjoy a strong, expansive, and enduring partnership in agriculture and education sectors.

The two-way trade in agriculture, fisheries and forestry products surpass the impressive milestone of 6 billion AUD (4 billion USD) for the first time last year.

As for the education sector, Vietnam is Australia’s fifth largest source market of international students with 27,000 student enrolments and over 8,000 Vietnamese undertaking an Australian qualification in Vietnam.

There are 300 training programmes, which include articulation and joint-training programmes between Australian and Vietnamese institutions.

More than 80,000 Vietnamese alumni who graduated from Australian education institutions are currently working in Vietnam./.