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VN, Australia boost mining co-operation

Update: April, 12/2013 - 09:07
HA NOI (VNS)— Australia is one of Viet Nam's most promising partners in collaborative mining projects, especially in technology sharing and provision of mining equipment.

The statement was made by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc at a conference held in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss the two countries' mining cooperation.

Experts from nine Australian leading companies specialising in mining equipment and technology services attended the event and provided Viet Nam with many solutions to improve the safety, efficiency and competitiveness in the mining sector.

Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Hugh Borrowman emphasised that the forum is an important event for national and international leaders to share information on technological development and collaborative opportunities in the field.

Jointly held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the General Department of Geology and Minerals of Viet Nam and the Australian Competence Network Agency, the event is part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Viet Nam and Australia (1973-2013).

Australian businesses joining the Ozmine Viet Nam 2013 mining mission are due to undertake site visits and technical meetings at the Viet Nam Coal and Minerals Industries Group (Vinacomin) in northern Quang Ninh province and the Besra Phuoc Son gold mine in central Quang Nam province.

Also yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh, Australian Ambassador to Viet Nam Hugh Borrowman and CEO of Qantas Alan Joyce, met in discussion about further cooperation in aviation between the two countries.

Ninh said the two countries' relations have expanded efficiently in many sectors including economics, investment, infrastructure, education and culture.

He highly valued Qantas and Viet Nam Airlines' long-term strategic cooperation by raising the Australian carrier's investment in Jetstar Pacific Airlines.

For his part, Borrowman said Australia will continue to help Viet Nam implement development targets and encourage enterprises to seek business opportunities, as well as foster investment in the country.

He noted that Viet Nam's business climate becomes more attractive to foreign investors and Australian investors in particular.

The co-operation between Qantas and Vietnam Airlines is an example of the two countries' close ties in trade and investment, the diplomat added.

Qantas has pledged to maintain its long-term cooperation with Vietnam Airlines to promote the country's aviation industry, said Joyce. — VNS

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