Australia-Vietnam Green Economy Summit Fosters New Cooperation for Low-Carbon Transition

In April, ClimateWorks hosted the inaugural Australia-Vietnam Green Economy Summit in Vietnam, where business leaders, policymakers and industry experts discussed accelerating opportunities for green economy investment and trade between the two countries.

More than 150 delegates from Australia and Vietnam attended the summit in Ho Chi Minh City from April 15-16, where they explored opportunities including green economy investment and trade, renewable energy resources and sustainable development to support net zero emissions.

The inaugural summit was opened by Australian Assistant Minister for Energy and Senator Jenny McAllister. who told those present Australia and Vietnam's best chance to move forward on clean energy is to build broad coalitions of change.

Assistant Minister Senator Jenny McAllister speaks at the summit. (Asialink/Climateworks Centre)

Climateworks CEO Anna Skarbek, President John Thwaites and South East Asia Lead Trang Nguyen attended the summit along with Asialink CEO Martine Letts, Asialink Business CEO Leigh Howard and Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goldzinowski.

A group of people in a row holding arms crossed in front of a large green banner.
Left to right: Ben Khaut, Leigh Howard, Ceren Ayas, unknown, Martine Letts, Anna Skarbek, Professor John Thwaites, Grace Corcoran, Juliet Nguyen, Trang Nguyen, Luke Brown. (Asialink/Climateworks Centre)
Professor John Thwaites and Senator the Honorable Jenny McAllister stood before the green banner and smiled.
Professor John Thwaites, Center for Climate Research and Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Senator Jenny McAllister. (Climatic Research Center)
A group of people pose for a photo in a large foyer.
A ClimateWorks Center and AsiaLink delegation from Australia with the Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee ahead of the Australia-Vietnam Green Economy Summit. (Climatic Research Center)
Ms Sarah Hooper addresses the audience at the Australia-Vietnam Green Economy Summit.
Attendees at the Australia-Vietnam Green Economy Summit. (Asialink/Climateworks Centre)

The summit received fragmented media coverage in Australia and Vietnam Conversation, 360 information, Mandarin, Your three messages (published four stories at the Summit) Vietnam News And ABC's The World Today.

Trang Ngyuen of ClimateWorks said it was significant to be part of an event that fostered connections between policy makers, companies, think tanks and academia from both countries.

„There is a strong impetus between Australia and Vietnam to develop this cooperation, and it will create momentum for closer links between Australia and Southeast Asia in the low-carbon transition,” he said.

The summit was supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Trade and Investment Authority (Austrade).

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The summit is the culmination of the Australia-Vietnam Green Economy Project, a collaboration between the ClimateWorks Center and AsiaLink.

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