In the morning of 31/03/2016, at the headquarter of the Ministry of Vietnam-Australia cooperationIndustry and Trade, Deputy Minister Cao Quoc Hung met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Australia in Vietnam and the HunterNet trade missions – Hunter Valley Region, to discuss about a potential cooperation in coal importing infrastructure services.

At the meeting, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Australia in Vietnam informed that Australia had been working on a development plan for the near future. In the meantime, Vietnam had also been establishing and changing its economic – social development plan for the next 5 years. This could be an opportunity for collaboration between the two countries. The Ambassador hoped that the relationship between Vietnam and Australia could develop from a commercial to long-term partnership.

The representative of HunterNet trade mission also informed that during their stay in Vietnam, the mission had met and learned about Vietnamese enterprises, and exchanged their experience in building, developing, and operating port infrastructures. The mission’s representative also affirmed that Australia would share their experience and commit to maintain a long-term cooperation with Vietnam.

The Deputy Minister, Dr. Cao Quoc Hung, appraised Australia’s experience in developing and operating port infrastructures, and providing logistics services. In his opinion, Vietnam-Australia cooperation has been well developed, especially in coal, oil and mineral sectors. In recent years, Vietnamese delegations at both government and enterprise levels have visited and learned about Australian coal and mining industries.

Currently transporting and supplying coals in large quantities to power plants in the South is one of the biggest challenges in Vietnam due to a lack of synchronization over the existing infrastructure. The Deputy Minister indicated that both parties should concurrently deploy collaboration from coal importing to developing and constructing port infrastructures. He also welcomed and hoped that Australia’s experience would help Vietnam in combating the abovementioned challenge.

The Deputy Minister acknowledged that the bilateral cooperation between the two countries would become stronger, contributing to Vietnamese economic-social development in the near future.