Strengthening Australia-Vietnam parliamentary cooperation: Ambassador Goledzinowski
|Strengthening parliamentary cooperation to mark 50th anniversary of Australia-Vietnam: Members of the Australia-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Group with Ambassador Andrew Goledzinowski and Embassy staff. (Photo: Australian Embassy in Vietnam)|
The event took place during an intense period of high-level exchanges between both countries, including visits by Australia’s Prime Minister the Honourable Anthony Albanese MP to Vietnam on 3-4 June and by Australia’s Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) in April.
Ambassador Goledzinowski said the high-level visits reflected the significant strategic trust and close friendship between the two countries, which had been fostered over the last 50 years. Elevating the relationship with Vietnam was an important part of Australia’s determination to enhance its links with Southeast Asia region and ASEAN, especially as Vietnam and Australia look towards upgrading their relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Mr Hoang Thanh Tung, Head of the Australia-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Group and Chair of the National Assembly Committee for Legal Affairs, highlighted the strategic trust and affinity between two countries’ strategic vision and actions. He appreciated the increasing cooperation with Australia in delegation exchanges, technical assistance provided to National Assembly deputies and officials and mutual support at international fora and events.
Australia’s Aus4Reform Program has been assisting the National Assembly Economic Committee since 2015, to enhance the analytical and reporting capacity of the Committee in overseeing and developing Vietnam’s economic development agenda. Further assistance programs to various committees are scheduled to start this year.
The Australia-Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Group, consisting of 11 National Assembly deputies, plays a key role in fostering the parliamentary relations and cooperation between the two countries. A cooperation agreement between Australia and Vietnam’s legislative institutions was signed in 2013, and again renewed in 2022 during National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s Guest of Parliament visit to Australia. The agreement aims to promote cooperation in high-level exchanges, climate change, digital transformation, digital economy, fair energy transition, human rights and exchanging views on regional issues and providing mutual support at international fora.