13.07.2021, 20:15

Vietnam thanks Australia for donating 1.5 million vaccine doses


Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan. (Photo: VGP)   

NDO - On behalf of the Government of Vietnam, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh expressed his sincere thanks to the Government of Australia for pledging to provide Vietnam with AUD40 million (US$29.9 million) and 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Astra Zeneca to aid in its COVID-19 fight in the near future.

The Deputy PM hoped for Australia’s continued support for the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility and for poor and developing countries to access COVID-19 vaccine supplies, at a reception for the visiting Australian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan in Hanoi on July 13.

He expressed his delight at the strong development of the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership across multiple fields, particularly in term sof economy, trade and investment - the focus of the bilateral strategic partnership. He cited that two-way trade has rocketed by more than 40% year on year in the first half of 2021.

Given that both countries are signatories to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), he hoped that Vietnam and Australia will be among the ten largest trade partners of one another.

The Deputy Prime Minister wished that Australia would continue to open up to more Vietnamese agricultural and aquatic products; encouraging Australian businesses to increase investment in Vietnam; increase support to Vietnam in the fields of infrastructure, agricultural development, poverty reduction, the fight against climate change and the training of high-quality human resources; promoting cooperation in the fields of military medicine and support the peacekeeping forces of Vietnam.

He also appreciated Australia’s role in the Asia-Pacific region and its stance in maintaining regional peace, security and stability, particularly in the East Sea (South China Sea), in line with international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.

On the occasion, he moved on to thank the Government of Australia for supporting Vietnam in its roles as ASEAN Chair 2020 and non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Also pleased to see the growing bilateral ties, Minister Tehan said Australia is committed to cooperating with Vietnam in tackling all challenges arising from the pandemic.

The minister said that in talks with Vietnam's Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien earlier, the two sides agreed to make efforts to conclude negotiations on a strategy to strengthen economic cooperation between the two countries this year.

Tehan is on his first visit to Vietnam, one of the destinations during his two-week tour of five countries, also including Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Japan and the US. These are Australia’s most important partners, accounting for around one fourth of its goods and service export turnover.