Vietnamese Ministry Strengthens Ties with Australian Law Enforcement Agencies

From April 10-15, Deputy Minister Major General Nguyen Van Long of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security led a delegation on a working visit to Australia.

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the Vietnamese officers had meetings with representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency
The Vietnamese officers have meeting with representatives from the Australian National Emergency Management Agency. Source: bocongan.gov.vn

In order to strengthen the substantive and effective partnership between the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam and Australian security and law enforcement agencies, contributing to the Vietnam-Australia Strategic Partnership, a high-ranking delegation of the Ministry of Public Security led by Deputy Minister Major General Nguyen Van Long had a working visit to Australia from April 10 to 15, as reported by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

During their time in Australia, the Vietnamese officers held discussions with representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Home Affairs, the Police of New South Wales, and the New South Wales State Emergency Service, to name a few. Furthermore, they also paid a visit to a prison in Sydney.

Deputy Minister Major General Nguyen Van Long and the delegation at the meeting with the Deputy Commander of the New South Wales Police. Source: bocongan.gov.vn
Deputy Minister Major General Nguyen Van Long and the delegation at the meeting with the Deputy Commander of the New South Wales Police. Source: bocongan.gov.vn

Their activities have opened up opportunities for cooperation in handling large-scale emergencies, ensuring traffic order, and managing prisons, while contributing to the deepening of collaboration between the Vietnamese Ministry and Australian law enforcement forces in various areas such as crime combating, immigrant management, and the implementation of the agreement on the transfer of sentenced individuals.

The visit’s results have bolstered the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership, providing a critical basis for the two nations to advance their ties to unprecedented heights, particularly in the context of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic relations (February 26, 1973-2023), thus making a valuable contribution to preserving peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

On this remarkable occasion, Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Long and the accompanying delegation paid a visit to and interacted with the Vietnamese Embassy and Consulate General in Australia.

Deputy Minister of Public Security Major General Nguyen Van Long visits the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia. Photo: VNA
Deputy Minister of Public Security Major General Nguyen Van Long visits the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia. Photo: VNA
Deputy Minister of Public Security Major General Nguyen Van Long and the delegation worked with the Consulate General of Vietnam in Sydney. Source: bocongan.gov.vn
Deputy Minister of Public Security Major General Nguyen Van Long and the delegation worked with the Consulate General of Vietnam in Sydney. Source: bocongan.gov.vn

The Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership is flourishing, with two-way trade having increased by nearly 27% to approximately $15.7 billion last year. This makes Australia the seventh largest trading partner of Vietnam and Vietnam the tenth biggest trading partner of Australia.

The two nations boast a robust, expansive, and longstanding partnership in the agriculture and educational fields.

The two-way trade in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry products surpassed an impressive milestone of AUD 6 billion (USD 4 billion) for the first time last year. This is a major achievement that should be celebrated.

During the 2022-2023 fiscal year, Australia significantly increased the supply of official development assistance to Vietnam by 18%, and provided assistance to the country in various development cooperation projects, particularly in bolstering livelihoods and increasing access to clean water. Furthermore, Australia partnered with Vietnam to participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

As for the education sector, Vietnam is Australia’s fifth-largest international student source market, with 27,000 students enrolled and more than 8,000 undertaking an Australian qualification in Vietnam.

There are 300 training programs, which include articulation and joint-training programs between Australian and Vietnamese institutions.

Approximately 80,000 Vietnamese alumni of Australian educational institutions are currently employed in Vietnam.

Hannah Nguyen