On 14 October, the Vietnam Australia Centre (VAC) organised a workshop for all foundational partners to discuss VAC priorities and coordination over the next four years. This followed a series of VAC consultation meetings with the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, the Office of Government, External Relations Commission, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Participants from Foundational Partners
Speaking at the workshop, the Australian Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Mark Tattersall stated: “The VAC is an exciting initiative which builds upon the long-standing trust and partnership that has been developed between Australia and Vietnam over decades of engagement. The VAC is a vibrant centre of education, research, and dialogue between the two countries, as well as a unique platform for sharing a common vision and interests. It draws together Australian and Vietnamese experts to support Vietnam’s future leadership in addressing national, regional, and international challenges.”
The Australian Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Mark Tattersall gave an opening speech at the VAC Partnership Workshop
Dr Nguyen Manh Hung, VAC National Director said: “The planning for VAC activities should be strategically aligned with short-term, mid-term, and long-term objectives while considering the scope of positive impacts within individual organisations and multilateral partners, and across local, national, and regional levels.”
Dr Nguyen Manh Hung, – VAC National Director giving a speech at the workshop
Dr Kaye Eldridge, member of the VAC Executive Committee emphasised that VAC activities will promote and contribute to Vietnam’s and Australia’s development priorities and goals related to Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion, including advancing women’s leadership.
Dr Kaye Eldridge, member of the VAC Executive Committee presented at the workshop
Representatives from Foundational Partners commented on VAC’s priorities
Ms. Do Thi Thanh Binh – Head of Training Division, Personnel and Organization Department, OOG
A group work discussion