In November 2017, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull agreed to enhance the bilateral relationship to the level of Strategic Partnership. The Partnership will represent a new chapter in the relationship and enable the two countries to work more closely together on a range of issues, including defence, trade, investment, development, education, labor, tourism, law, finance, information and communications.
“Vietnam is one of Australia’s most important partners in the Indo-Pacific. Over the past 45 years, we have built a strong partnership which now encompasses political exchange, economic development, security cooperation and innovation collaboration”, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Craig Chittick during a ceremony held in Hanoi.
The beginning of the 45th anniversary year was marked by the launch of a 45th anniversary commemorative logo and presentation of nine introductory panels to the Hanoi-based Temple of Literature.
The 45th anniversary commemorative logo features Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House and the star of the Vietnamese flag. Winner Nguyen Viet Hung, 24 year-old amateur designer, said that creation of the logo was inspired by his first memories of Australia and the participation of the Vietnamese sporting delegation at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000.
The winning logo was selected from over 150 entries of a competition in November 2017 that co-organised by the Australian Embassy to Vietnam, Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts, and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy, based on a strong foundation and building on concrete activities (particularly those in this anniversary year), Vietnam – Australia’s Enhanced Comprehensive Partnership will be further advanced in the coming time, both bilaterally and at the regional and international level, towards a Strategic Partnership; meeting the desire and the interests of the two peoples and, for peace, cooperation and prosperity in Asia-Pacific and the world.
On this occasion, Mr Craig Chittick presented nine introductory panels to the Temple of Literature which support tourism at one of the most important historical sites of Hanoi, providing information about the rich history to visitors in three languages (Vietnamese, English and French). This project built on the success of a similar project in 2016 in which Australia presented 14 bilingual introductory panels to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, another nation’s historical site.
“We are really grateful of the Australian Government’s meaningful gift which enables us to better preserve and promote the Temple of Literature. Each introductory panel is a concise brief on a section of the Temple and all together, they tell the whole story about our invaluable historical site. Through these introductory panels, visitors can come to understand the history and significance of the Temple of Literature,” shared Dr Le Xuan Kieu, Director of the Center for Cultural and Scientific Activities Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam.
Australia will celebrate the 45th anniversary throughout this year with a program ranging from cultural to trade and economic events. The highlights include the opening of the Cao Lanh bridge (Dong Thap province) and the Australian Government’s third Taste of Australia event./.