Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will visit Vietnam this week to promote commercial ties with one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia.

Mr Pitt will hold talks with senior government and business representatives to explore further trade and investment opportunities for Australian companies.

“Two-way trade with Vietnam is currently worth more than $10 billion annually. Demand for our high quality goods and services is set to grow with Vietnam’s middle class projected to reach 33 million by 2020,” Mr Pitt said.  

Mr Pitt will highlight Australian capabilities across a range of industries and products.

In Hanoi, he will open the Taste of Australia program promoting Australian food and beverages and culinary culture. 

The Assistant Minister will also attend the Executive Education and Training Showcase, involving 15 Australian education and training institutions, highlighting the potential for Australian education providers to deliver tailored education products and services in Vietnam.

In Ho Chi Minh City, Mr Pitt will tour the main campus of RMIT Vietnam which is driving innovation and digital excellence across the country. As the first foreign university to establish a campus in Vietnam, RMIT University is at the forefront of promoting Australia’s education brand. Vietnam is Australia’s fourth-largest international education market.

Mr Pitt will also promote the expansion of tourism and aviation links between Vietnam and Australia.

“Vietnam is already a popular tourism destination for Australians with the number of Vietnamese visitors to Australia up 21% over the past year.”

This visit demonstrates Australia’s commitment to advancing the economic and trade relationship with Vietnam.

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