Vietnam, Australia boost cooperation in 2018

08:34 | 18/01/2018 Cooperation

A program marking the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia (1973-2018) was officially launched in Hanoi on January 17.

From right, Australian Ambassador Craig Chittick, Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy, and Rector of Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts Nguyen Xuan Nghi at the ceremony

The beginning of the program was marked by the launch of the logo commemorating the anniversary year and presentation of nine introductory panels to Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam, also known as the Temple of Literature of Vietnam.

The commemorative logo, featuring Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House and the star on the Vietnamese flag, was designed by Nguyen Viet Hung.

It was selected from 150 entries at the competition organised by the Australian Embassy in Vietnam and the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts in collaboration with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November 2017.

The nine introductory panels presented to the Temple of Literature provide information on the rich history and value of one of the most important historical sites in Hanoi to visitors in three different languages.

A wide variety of cultural, trade and economic events will be held during the one-year program. The highlights include the opening of the Cao Lanh Bridge and the Australian Government’s third “Taste of Australia” event.

Speaking at the ceremony, Australian Ambassador Craig Chittick noted: “Over the past 45 years our two countries have built a strong partnership which now encompasses political exchange, economic development, security cooperation and innovative collaboration”

Based on a strong foundation and building on concrete activities, particularly those in this anniversary year, Vietnam-Australia’s Enhanced Comprehensive Partnership will be further advanced in the coming time, said the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy.

Theo NDO