Association supports Australian Government with Global Heads of Mission Meeting and high level delegation from Vietnam
Posted: 3 April 2017
Australian ambassadors from across the world met for a Global Heads of Mission Meeting from 28–30 March in Canberra. This brought together, for the first time, ambassadors, high commissioners and consuls-general to discuss foreign trade and development policy objectives and the global environment in which we are seeking to achieve them.
The Association is supporting the Mission by facilitating a program for the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, the Consul General to Vietnam and a high level delegation from Vietnam. The Vietnam delegation comprises of senior officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Office of Government, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport and Provincial Governments of Vietnam.
The outcomes from the mission will make a direct contribution to the formulation of the Foreign Policy White Paper that will define how the Australian Government maximises engagement with, and influence in, the world to advance our national interests.
On Thursday, 30 March, Jonathan McKeown, Chief Executive of the Association, presented to DFAT and the delegation from Vietnam on Australia’s water reform journey and the institutional and regulatory arrangements that are necessary to enable private sector participation.
Also on 30 March, Paul Smith, the Association’s International Manager and An Nguyen, the Association’s International Coordinator, facilitated an information sharing seminar for the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam at the University of Newcastle.
Dr Sarah Pearson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement and Innovation of The University of Newcastle, said: “It was a privilege to meet the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam to discuss opportunities to collaborate on innovation and R&D. Vietnam is certainly working hard to transform its economy through start-up hubs and there is opportunity for the Hunter region and UON to contribute to this growth, whilst also building bridges to access this growing Asian market. It was also great to see so much collaboration between UON researchers and Vietnamese entities already underway.”