On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day, 25 April 2015, the Vietnam Swans hosted the 6th Annual ANZAC Friendship Match which was played in Vung Tau against the Singapore Wombats.

To commemorate the occasion, the Vietnam Swans published a footy record which included and article by AusCham’s Executive Director, Phil Johns, titled, “Business is growing between Australia and Vietnam”.

The article is reproduced below.

Business is growing between Australia and Vietnam

This morning, 49 years later, many of us stood at the Long Tan Cross and also reflected on turbulent histories:

  • Today is the 100th anniversary of the landings on ANZAC Cove
  • Next Thursday, marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the American / Vietnam War
  • Friday, a week ago, marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh

Today’s ANZAC Friendship Match, hosted by the Vietnam Swans, is about identifying and celebrating what peoples have in common.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AusCham) in Vietnam is also about facilitating business occasions where peoples (buyers and sellers) can discover what they have in common and, in the process, strengthen the relationship between Australia and Vietnam.

In 1990, trade between Australia and Vietnam was just USD32 million. Last year, it had risen to USD6 billion (Vietnamese and Australian exports were valued at USD4 billion and USD2 billion respectively). Vietnam is Australia’s fastest growing trade partner in ASEAN.

At the end of 2014, USD1.65 billion in Australian Foreign Direct Investment had gone into 320 projects (ranking Australia 19 out of 101 countries). The biggest sectors are processing and manufacturing followed by agro / forestry /fisheries.

Last year, 320,000 Australian tourists visited Vietnam. Just last month, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited Australia with a high powered business delegation.

Overseas education is big business and Australia is Vietnam’s preferred choice. This year an estimated 20,000 Vietnamese are in Australia studying – all becoming intimately engaged with our culture and country. So far, more than 50,000 Vietnamese have graduated with an Australian qualification and returned to Vietnam – one of whom, just last month, became General Director of a telecommunications SOE (State Owned Enterprise) with turnover of USD9 billion and 90,000 employees.

These Australian Business Alumni (also from RMIT University Vietnam), are people with skill sets, networks, cultural understanding and a passion for Australia.

Going forward with the Australia-Vietnam relationship, there is much to be optimistic about. At multiple levels.

Further information: office@auschamvn.org or www.auschamvn.org

Photo caption: The Vietnam Swans win the 6th Annual ANZAC Friendship Match on 25 April 2015, Vung Tau, against the Singapore Wombats.

Download Official Footy Record: To download the official footy record for the 2015 ANZAC Friendship Match, which includes the above article, click here.