At the MoU signing ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Canberra (VNA) – Vietnam and Australia will bolster exchanges and support each other to improve professional capacity for lawyers from both sides under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) and the Australian Dispute Resolution Centre (ADRC) in Sydney on September 27.

The two sides will work to enhance cooperation in various fields, including information sharing, delegation exchanges, training in trade conciliation, and organisation of conferences to better lawyers’ practice.

At the signing ceremony, VBF President Do Ngoc Thinh said that Vietnam wants to learn experience from foreign lawyers as the country is integrating deeply into the global and regional economy, increasing demand for lawyers with excellent expertise.

Thinh laid stress on lawyers’ role in addressing commercial disputes, saying that professional training for lawyers in the field of conciliation is important, especially when trade conciliation is rather new in Vietnam.

He hoped that after the signing ceremony, both sides will carry out effective and practical cooperation programmes to enhance the position and roles of their organisations in the society.

Earlier, the VBF and the ADRC successfully co-organised several training courses on trade mediation measures in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Dong Nai and Binh Duong. They gave an insight into methods of trade conciliation, and were lauded by Vietnamese lawyers.

Since its establishment in 2009, the VBF set up cooperative ties with many international bar organisations, including those of Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Denmark, Sweden and Canada. In addition, it is currently a member of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).-VNA