At the meeting

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie said that at a meeting with Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung in Hanoi on June 5 to convey Australia’s congratulations for Vietnam’s outstanding success against COVID-19, and to commit to support Vietnam’s long-term response and recovery.

At the meeting, the Australian diplomat expressed her impression on the swift and decisive actions taken by the Government of Vietnam to tackle the threat of COVID-19. "With just a few hundred confirmed cases and no recorded deaths, Vietnam’s management of the pandemic has been exemplary, deservedly capturing the world’s attention,” she said.

Under a strategic partnership, Australia and Vietnam are working together to contain the impact of the pandemic on lives and livelihoods. The two countries recently reiterated their commitment to boosting two-way trade and investment, and to supporting one another to respond to the long-term effects of the pandemic.

“Australia has refocused much of our development program in Vietnam to respond to COVID-19. We are supporting Vietnam by ensuring access to the best available economic analysis as the country shifts its focus toward stimulus and recovery. We are also supporting Vietnam’s efforts to protect the most vulnerable, especially women and girls who carry much of the burden as a result of the pandemic,” the ambassador said.

Additionally, the flagship programs through which Australia and Vietnam cooperate on workforce development, economic reform, infrastructure, gender equality, agriculture, tourism, and innovation are supporting Vietnam’s economic recovery priorities.

Song Anh