Australia is one of Vietnam’s most promising partners in collaborative mining projects, especially in technology sharing and provision of mining equipment.

The statement was made by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc at a conference held in Hanoi on April 11 to discuss mining cooperation in Vietnam , and the latest mining techniques and developments from Australia .

Experts from nine leading Australian mining equipment and technology services companies also attended the event and provided Vietnam with many solutions to improve safety, efficiency and competitiveness in the mining sector.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Hugh Borrowman emphasised that the forum is an important event for national and international leaders to share information on development and collaborative opportunities in the field.

Jointly held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam and the Australian Competence Network Agency, the event is part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Australia (1973-2013) .

Australian businesses joining the Ozmine Vietnam 2013 mining mission are due to undertake site visits and technical meetings at the Vietnam Coal and Minerals Industries Group (Vinacomin) coal mine in northern Quang Ninh province and the Besra Phuoc Son gold mine in central Quang Nam province.-VNA