Minister Peter Tinley (2nd from left) visits Australian Interflour Company in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province. (Photo: congthuong.vn)According to Minister Peter Tinley, West Australia state has a dynamic Vietnamese Australian community. In a recent population survey, up to 15,845 people born in Vietnam are living in the state, an increase of 24.6% compared to 2011.
“Vietnamese people have made important contribution to the state’s economic development and community,” he said, adding that he hoped to bring cooperation opportunities to Vietnamese people in the state.
Vietnam is the 16th largest trade partner of West Australia state, with two-way turnover of over AUD1.2 billion in the 2017-2018 financial year. Meanwhile, West Australia state has developed a strong trade and investment relationship, as well as important cultural and historical relationship, with Vietnam.
The close geographical distance between West Australia state and Asia brings with advantages and cooperation opportunities in different areas, including education, trade, investment and tourism. Additionally, since 1990, Vietnam has been listed among countries with world leading growth in GDP per capita, at an average of 6.4% in the 2000s. Therefore, the two sides share similarities in economics and culture.
During the visit, Minister Peter Tinley had meetings with leaders of economic sectors, and representatives of authorities and businesses./.