Hanoi, June 16 (VNA) — Vietnamese and Australian companies explored partnership opportunities in technology and trade at a forum jointly hosted on June 16 in Ho Chi Minh City by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Saigon Innovation Hub, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
The event, which is part of a program to strengthen economic cooperation between the Vietnamese and Australian governments, aimed to help the two business communities cooperate in the transfer of solutions and technologies in the fields of energy. clean, high-tech agriculture and digital transformation.
Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Sarah Hooper, stressed the importance of innovation, especially in the area of clean energy, which will help Vietnam achieve the goals set at the 26th United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26).
Australia is willing to invite Vietnamese companies to the country to explore new clean energy opportunities as well as cooperation opportunities with Australian partners in technology transfer, she said, affirming that the cooperation programs will help strengthen bilateral relations and enhance trade and investment partnerships between the two countries.
Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy thanked the Australian government for supporting Vietnam in innovation, noting that many cooperative activities have been carried out jointly by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Since 2018, the two sides have worked together to research and publish reports on Vietnam’s digital economy as well as assessing the contributions of innovation to Vietnam’s socio-economic development, he said.
They also concluded a series of cooperation agreements to promote innovation and technology transfer, the vice minister said, expressing his belief that companies from the two countries will continue to foster their relations, thus helping to strengthen cooperation. economy between Vietnam and Australia.
Professor Eryk Dutkiewicz from Sydney University of Technology said the majority of Vietnamese companies have the demand to explore and access new technologies to increase their productivity and engage deeper in global supply chains, providing products and services with higher economic value.
However, he said, businesses need additional support during the process of accessing advanced information and technology. Hosting the forums is expected to enhance application and technology transfer capability as well as provide professional guidance to enterprises from both sides, he added.
Professor Ian Burnett of the University said the forum reaffirmed Vietnam’s interest in Australian new technologies, innovation and investment. The Joint Technology and Innovation Research Center at Sydney University of Technology in Vietnam, the first of its kind between the two sides, opens up cooperation potential and opportunities for Australian and Vietnamese partners, it said. -he declares.
Attendees of the event showcased a number of technologies and solutions in different areas including trade, climate change response, healthcare and the application of blockchain technology in the traceability of agricultural products, as well only smart farming solutions.- VNA