Last night in Hanoi (31 Oct 2016), AusCham’s President, Ms Chau Ta signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (see further below in this post for the actual MOU) with the Department for Foreign Affairs of Provinces at the Government Guest House. Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long, Director General, signed on behalf of the Department.

Newspaper articles from the event held on 31 October 2016

Photos of the event on 31 October 2016

The MOU is designed to greatly enhance the access of AusCham’s Members to opportunities in each of Vietnam’s 63 provinces (not just Hanoi and HCMC) and vice versa.

The roundtable discussion, held immediately prior to the signing ceremony, was chaired by H.E. Mr. Bui Thanh Son, Standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Keynote Speech was delivered by the Australian Ambassador, Mr Craig Chittick.

Below are details of the roundtable and speakers.

AGENDA

17:00 – 17:05 –   Introduction

17:05 – 17:15    –  Opening remarks

  • H.E. Mr. Bui Thanh Son, Standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

17:15 – 17:45        Remarks by Australian Government (Embassy and Austrade) and AusCham

  • Keynote Speech by H.E. Mr. Craig Chittick, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam
  • “Development cooperation and economic partnership” by Ms. Claire Ireland, Economic and Development Counsellor, Australian Embassy in Hanoi
  • “Education and Trade Opportunities” by Ms. Janelle Casey, Senior Trade Commissioner, Australian Embassy in Hanoi
  • Economic Cooperation between Australia and Vietnam” by Ms. Chau Ta, President of AusCham

17:45 – 18:25    –      Remarks by Vietnamese provinces:

  • Mr. Vu Dai Thang, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ha Nam Province
  • Mr. Le Trong Quang, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Lai Chau Province
  • Mr. Lo Minh Hung, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Son La Province
  • Mr. Le Ngoc Hoa, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Nghe An
  • Mr. Pham Van Hau, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ninh Thuan Province
  • Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hung, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dong Thap Province.
  • Mr. Phan Ngoc Tho, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thua Thien Hue Province

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18:25 – 18:45   –   Interaction and connection:

  • Mr. Le Canh Duong, Director, Centre of Investment Promotion, Da Nang Province
  • Mr. Dang Van Minh, Deputy Director, Vice Chancellor, University of Thai Nguyen
  • Mr. Ian Earl, Chairman of the Council of Augusta Margaret River, Australia

18:50 – 19:00     –     Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding of Cooperation between the Department for Foreign Affairs of Provinces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and AusCham.

19:00 – 20:30      –    Buffet dinner

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Below are details of The Memorandum of Understanding:

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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

FOR COOPERATION BETWEEN

DEPARTMENT FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF PROVINCES

(MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM)

AND

THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN VIET NAM (AusCham)

I. The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam (AusCham), established since 1995, is a non-profit organization which promotes the bilateral trade relationship between Australia and Vietnam as well as businesses in Viet Nam which have an Australian link. Currently, AusCham has nearly 200 member companies.

The Department for Foreign Affairs of Provinces (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam (hereinafter referred to as Parties) have decided to sign this MOU in order to intensify the existing cooperation and to foster economic partnership.

II. The Parties agree to:

  1. Promote AusCham member companies’ linkages, investment and trade with all provinces of Viet Nam.
  2. Support Australian enterprises in strengthening relations with provincial authorities (including provision of focal point to enable direct communication).
  3. Open a channel to help AusCham’s businesses express their business requests to relevant local authorities and departments.
  4. Advise provincial authorities in policy making and implementation to create an enabling business environment for AusCham member companies.
  5. Support provinces to identify suitable partners and create opportunities to promote Vietnamese provinces in Australia.
  6. Organize joint seminars, workshops, round tables and conferences on a regular basis with AusCham member businesses in Vietnamese provinces.

This MOU is valid from the date of signature by both Parties and shall remain valid for a period of five (05) years. It can be extended and modified by written consent of both parties.

This MOU is made in Ha Noi on…………in two (02) copies in the English and Vietnamese languages, all texts being equally authentic and each party keeps one (01) copy.

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On behalf of the Department for Foreign Affairs of Provinces,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam,

Nguyen Hoang Long
Director General

 

On behalf of the
Australian Chamber of Commerce in Viet Nam

Ta Thi Tuyet Chau
President

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