Promoting Cooperation with Australia in Economy, Security and Innovation
On 21st April 2017, Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee Huynh Duc Tho received H.E. Mr. Craig Chittick, Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam and Mrs. Karen Lanyon, Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City. This was the second official visit of the Ambassador and the third official visit of the Consul General.
At the meeting, Chairman Huynh Duc Tho welcomed the Ambassador and Consul General for visiting Da Nang City again and highly appreciated the enthusiastic support from the Ambassador and the Consul General as well as the two Australian foreign missions. The Chairman shared that Da Nang was speeding up the preparations for the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2017, in which Australia has a participating team. In addition, he thanked the Australian Embassy and Consulate General for their collaboration in organising an English language training course for the city's officials who are in charge of preparing for the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders' Week and hoped to continue to receive the support from the Ambassador and the Consul General in welcoming the high-level delegation from Australia attending APEC 2017. He also suggested the Australian Government to consider and promote the exchange of Da Nang's students and staff with Australian localities with similar characteristics in order to improve their professional and foreign language skills.
In response, the Ambassador said that the APEC Economic Leaders' Week is not only an opportunity for the city to welcome high-ranking delegations but also connect with international corporations. The Ambassador expressed his desire to promote cooperation with Da Nang not only in the APEC year but also in the coming years, especially in 3 fields: economy, security, and innovation. Sharing about the cooperative activities between the two sides, the Ambassador said that on 20th April, the Australian Embassy and Consulate General had organised the final round of the Taste of Australia cooking contest to introduce Australian cuisine, culture and promote cultural exchanges between the two countries. In addition, it is expected that in June 2017, an Australian warship will visit Da Nang, which demonstrates Australia's interest in security cooperation and the East Sea issue.