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Western Australian Asian Engagement Minister visits Vietnam

Released at: 14:12, 25/04/2019

Western Australian Asian Engagement Minister visits Vietnam

Minister Peter Tinley ’s visit to facilities of Australian firms in Ba Ria Vung Tau province. Photo: Embassy of Australia

Minister Peter Tinley's visit aims to strengthen economic and cultural ties with Vietnam.

by Le Diem

Western Australia (WA)’s Asian Engagement Minister Mr. Peter Tinley is visiting Vietnam from April 22 to 26 to explore how best to strengthen and grow economic ties with the country.

Vietnam, poised to achieve top 20 global economy status by 2050, is WA’s 16th-largest trading partner, with total trade valued at close to $1.2 billion in 2017-2018. WA has strong trade and investment ties with the country as well as historically-significant cultural ties with the Vietnamese people.

The Minister’s tour delegation includes the WA Government’s Singapore Office Commissioner John Catlin, WA Education and Vocational Training Business Development Manager Thuy Vo, and Australian Consulate-General (Ho Chi Minh City) Economic/Political Consul Shaun Fitzgerald.

Mr. Tinley visited the Vietnamese facilities of WA shipbuilding firm Austal in southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province before travelling to Hanoi for more meetings, including with Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh and Australian Trade Commissioner Shannon Leahy.

WA has a vibrant community of Vietnamese-Australians, with the most recent census data showing 15,845 Vietnamese-born people living in the state, an increase of 24.6 per cent since 2011, according to Mr. Tinley. “Vietnamese people make a significant contribution to WA’s economy and community,” he said. “In return, I intend to ensure that as many people as possible are informed about what WA has to offer the people of Vietnam.”

WA’s proximity to Asia offers advantages and opportunities in many fields, including education, trade and investment, and tourism. Since 1990, Vietnam’s GDP per capita growth has been among the fastest in the world, averaging 6.4 per cent a year in the 2000s.

The two are both well placed to diversify economic links. “There is an obvious ‘fit’ between our two cultures and economies,” Mr. Tinley said.

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