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Science and Technology Agreement signed with Vietnam

26 Jun 2013

Australia and Vietnam will continue to work together on scientific and technological projects following the signing of an agreement today.

Minister for Science and Research Senator Don Farrell and Vietnamese Minister for Science and Technology HE Professor Nguyen Quan signed an Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, at Parliament House.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam.

Senator Farrell said the signing of the Agreement built on the 1992 bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology, further cementing the friendship between the two countries.

"Vietnam is among the fast-growing Asian economies creating export and investment opportunities for Australian companies," Senator Farrell said.

The CSIRO has a long history of cooperation with Vietnam in agriculture, land management and water resources research, while the Australian Research Council is funding 17 new and ongoing collaborative research projects.

Areas of shared interest for the two countries include understanding the impacts of climate change, identifying and implementing adaptation measures, and supporting low-carbon growth.

"This Agreement supports further development of the science and technology relationship between our two nations and enables the continuation of collaborative research projects," Senator Farrell said.

"This will further help Australian exporters to grow their businesses in our region."

Media contacts: Minister's office: 6277 7580 

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