At the meeting, Dung congratulated Robyn Mudie for having received the Friendship Medal from the Vietnamese Government for her active contribution to the Vietnam-Australia strategic partnership.
Dung also thanked the Australian Government for its timely support to Vietnam in the fight against Covid-19, especially in providing vaccines.
Such an effort has been instrumental in helping Vietnam in general, and Hanoi in particular, contain the pandemic and gradually recover from the pandemic.
According to Dung, all socio-economic activities in Hanoi have now returned to normal, thanks to which the city’s economic growth in the second quarter is forecast to expand by 9.8% year-on-year, taking the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth in the six-month period to 7.5-7.8%.
On the vision for Hanoi’s future development, Dung said the city sets the target of becoming a modern, civilized and cultured city, serving as a economic, scientific and cultural hub of the country and the driving force for growth in the capital area.
In this context, Dung expected Hanoi to continue accelerating administrative reform, seen as a key step to improve the business/investment environment.
Along with this process, Hanoi would focus on revising the Capital Law and the overall construction planning until 2030, with a vision to 2050; pushing for the construction of the Ring-road No.4 to form a new development space.
“Hanoi expects to enhance cooperation and seek investment capital from Australia in fields of science, technology, environment, and climate change adaptation,” he noted.
Overview of the meeting.
Mudie expressed her pride to serve as Australian Ambassador to Vietnam in the past years, especially in witnessing the strong progress in bilateral relations, including cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 and economic recovery.
This is particularly important as Vietnam is one of Australia’s key partners in the Southeast Asia.
Mudie noted that under the Vietnam-Australia Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy, both countries aim to become each other's top 10 trading partners and double investment capital between the two countries.
She expected this would open up new cooperation opportunities between Australia and Vietnam, as well as with Hanoi in fields of education, agricultural development, energy and digital economy.
Mudie stressed her commitment to further contributing to bilateral relations in the coming time.
Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung noted the Vietnam-Australia Enhanced Economic Engagement Strategy is in line with Hanoi’s vision for development, and thanked the contribution of Ambassador Mudie for bilateral relations.
Dung expected Mudie in her new role would continue to bolster bilateral relations in general, and between Australia and Hanoi in particular.