Agriculture is a key area of trade and cooperation between Australia and Vietnam. Australian consumers enjoy high-quality Vietnamese fruit, cashew nuts, coffee and shrimps in increasing volumes, while Australian live cattle, cotton, wheat and barley provide the raw materials for Vietnam’s agricultural value chains. To ensure both countries competitive advantage in agriculture, enhance productivity and manage the impacts of drought and flood, we need to harness science and technology.
At the National Sci-Tech Market Connection and Innovation Week 2020 held by MARD and MOST last week, Deputy Head of Mission (DHOM) Andrew Barnes talked about Australia – Vietnam’s shared goal, as agreed by our two Prime Ministers in August 2019, to become top ten trading partners and to double two-way investment under an Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy, stressing that promoting bilateral cooperation science and technology in agriculture is an important element to realise the ambitious goal.
Australia is proud to have been providing long-standing support to Vietnam in agriculture, ranging from research to improve the quality and productivity of plants and animals to improving farmers’ access to markets, technology and finance through the
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
. Our innovation flagship program #Aus4Innovation is helping to improve science commercialisation capacity for leading agricultural research institutions to enable them to connect research to market.
Australian Deputy Head of Mission Andrew Barnes (the third person from the left) attends the opening of the National Sci-Tech Market Connection and Innovation Week 2020
Australian Deputy Head of Mission Andrew Barnes delivering a speech at the opening of the National Sci-Tech Market Connection and Innovation Week 2020
The Deputy Head of Mission visiting a pavilion at the National Sci-Tech Market Connection and Innovation Week 2020