Young Vietnamese politicians attend Political Exchange program in Australia

Web.HCYU.08/07/2013 - Under the Cooperation Agreement between the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Australian Political Exchange Council (APEC), 17th delegation of seven Vietnamese youth members led by Mr Nguyen Long Hai, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union paid an official visit to Australia from June 22 – 28, 2013 with the purpose of getting more understanding of Australia’s political system.

Within the program, the delegation met with Senator John Hogg, President of the Australian Senate at the Australian Parliament in the Capital of Canberra. At the meeting, Vietnamese delegates gave questions about the role of the Senate President and if any privileges for Senate President. “Senate President in coordination with Representative House Speaker manages all activities in the Parliament, from task of cutting grass to chairing Senate sessions. No privileges reserved for me” said Hogg. Hai expressed to soon welcome him to Vietnam for tightening up the bilateral relation of the two countries.

Besides, the delegation also had meetings with leaders of 4 main parties: the Labour, the Liberal, the National and the Green right at the Parliament at the time of the last preparation stage for Parliament Election on September 14, 2013. According to the Australian press, the Opposition Liberal Party possibly win majority of seats at Representative House to form Government. Leaders of all 4 parties expressed high pleasure to receive the delegation and agreed to push up the mutual tie in terms of young politician exchange. The delegation had interesting discovery of political structure at level of State and Locality through meetings or working dinners with political circle there.

Notably the delegation closed with the meeting with H.E Robert Ray, Honorable President of APEC. Both sides were unanimous in continuously carrying out this cooperation program and suggesting others. “I hope APEC continue coordinating and supporting the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in sending more young politicians to exchange and study in Australia” said Hai.

APEC was established in 1981 under the Prime Minister with the purpose of creating opportunity for domestic and international young politicians to getting understanding of political system in Australia and counterpart countries. 8 present counterpart countries of APEC are China, Germany, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, United Kingdom, the US, Japan and Vietnam. Vietnam has started receiving young Australian politicians since 1993.