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Logo competition for Vietnam-Australia relations launched

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Logo competition for Vietnam-Australia relations launched

Australian Ambassador HE Mr Craig Chittick launched the competition. Photo: Australian Embassy

Competition for logo design to commemorate 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations open until November 30.

by Le Diem

A competition to design a logo to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam has been launched.

Co-organized by the Australian Embassy and the University of Industrial Fine Arts, the competition seeks creative designs that reflect the close relationship that has developed between the two countries over the last 45 years.

According to the Embassy, the competition winner will receive a new iPad worth VND10 million ($440) and a VND10 million voucher to study English in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

The most “liked” logo on Facebook will receive a VND5 million ($220) voucher for English language training and ten runners-up will receive a set of IELTS books, a kangaroo helmet, and a certificate of appreciation.

Submissions are open until November 30 and contestants can submit multiple entries. Rules and guidance on how to submit logos can be found on the Embassy’s website or at http://bit.ly/thilogo45namAustraliaVietnam.

Speaking at the launch, Australian Ambassador H.E. Craig Chittick said the relationship between Australia and Vietnam had come a long way since the two sides established diplomatic relations on February 26, 1973.

The relationship now encompasses cooperative efforts in many areas, including economics, security, and innovation partnerships. Ambassador Chittick also said that he hoped the competition would be an opportunity for all participants to express their talent and creativity as well as learn more about the two countries.

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City will organize a number of activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary.

Bilateral links between Australia and Vietnam have developed significantly since the establishment of diplomatic relations. Government-to-government relations draw strength from shared strategic interests in maintaining peace and stability in the region based on international law, a trading relationship that has been Australia’s fastest-growing among the larger ASEAN economies in recent years, enduring educational links (the 22,500 Vietnamese are the fourth largest group of foreign students in Australia), and Vietnamese recognition of Australia’s role as a constructive and generous aid donor. The relationship has matured into one of Australia’s most important in the region despite differences in systems and political values.

In 2015, Australia and Vietnam elevated the bilateral relationship to an Enhanced Comprehensive Partnership during a visit to Australia from March 16 to 18, 2015, by then-Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and a delegation of ministers and senior business representatives. This reflects Australia and Vietnam’s mature and diverse bilateral relationship, encompassing wide-ranging cooperation on political issues, trade and investment, security and defense, policing, immigration, and combating transnational crime, people smuggling, and human trafficking.

The Australia-Vietnam Plan of Action (2016-2019), listing areas of cooperation under the Enhanced Comprehensive Partnership, was signed by Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Canberra on November 30, 2016.

A strong program of two-way visits and dialogues has strengthened relations at senior levels. The Minister of Public Security and Minister of Industry and Trade made separate visits to Australia in 2016 and Australian ministers will visit Vietnam during its APEC 2017 host year.

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