Australia, VN hold second policy dialogue on agriculture
16:59 | 09/05/2018

VGP – Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development signed two agreements at the second high-level agricultural policy dialogue in Canberra on May 8.

The signed documents comprise a Letter of Intent on a strategy for agricultural research in 2017-2027 and a Memorandum of Understanding on the prevention of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

At the event, the two sides reviewed the bilateral cooperation in agriculture and discussed various issues to boost farm produce trade such as approaching and opening markets for animal and plant products and devising policies for technical assistance.

They mentioned cooperation in fisheries and forestry in the coming time and shared policy priorities and challenges in agricultural research and development, water resources management, and organic food.

Additionally, the two sides studied coordination mechanisms among working groups in specific fields along with the provision of official development assistance (ODA), and the enhancement of scientific research.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Deputy Minister Doanh asked Australia to create the best possible conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to penetrate the Oceania market. He said most agricultural products of the two countries are not competitive but complemented each other, which offers them an opportunity to further increase two-way trade values.

The second high-level policy dialogue on agriculture between Viet Nam and Australia took place as part of the working visit to Australia from May 7-11 by a delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development led by Deputy Minister Le Quoc Doanh.

 By Hoang Ha

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