Joint commitment toward mine-free Cambodia

Australia, the Cambodian Mine Action and Victims Assistance Authority and the UN development programme on Friday signed a joint statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to working toward a mine-free Cambodia by 2025.  The signing was attended by CMAA’s first Vice President Ly Thuch, Australian Ambassador to ...

Poovenraj Kanagaraj

Renewed partnership with Murray-Darling Basin Authority will prepare Mekong for current and future challenges

Mekong basin-wide planning, environmental monitoring, flood and drought management, climate change adaption, and stakeholder engagement are some of the key areas to benefit from a renewed partnership between the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) of Australia. The technical collaboration between the MRC ...

Australia provides about $300,000 in grant aid to MRC

The Australian government last week provided a grant of about $300,000 to help the Mekong River Commission upgrade its data, modelling and information systems to provide enhanced and timely information to the public in MRC member countries. According to a letter from the Australian Embassy in ...

Australia increases ODA to Laos with education, trade development focus

Australia will increase its Official Development Assistance to Laos from AUD40.7 million in 2016-2017 to AUD42.3 million in 2017-18. The financial support announced during the Laos-Australia Portfolio Review Meeting was held on Friday, which also discussed the progress of development cooperation between the two countries.Read ...

Laos, partners agree on education development projects

The government has received support for two education development projects in Huaphan province from the Australian government, European Union, ChildFund Australia and ChildFund Korea, worth a total of almost US$2 million. The two projects are Basic Education Quality and Access in the Lao PDR Non-Governmental ...

Australia praises Cambodia on refugees

An Australian government minister on March 16 praised Cambodia for taking in refugees from the island nation of Nauru, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry. Mr. Sounry spoke to the media after private talks between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and Australia’s International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. He ...

Laos to pursue trade, business environment improvement

The government of Australia will contribute US$2.5 million in additional funding for the ongoing Second Trade Development Facility Project, aiming to improve trade and Laos’ business environment. An official launch ceremony for the additional financing took place on March 13 at the Ministry of Industry ...

Australia aids community infrastructure projects

The Australian Consulate General in HCM City on February 22 awarded Direct Aid Programme grants worth more than around US$144,500 to 11 projects for the 2016-17 period. The projects, based in the central and southern regions, span a range of sectors from community healthcare to small-scale ...

PM okays new bypass, road in Mekong Delta

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has approved construction of a bypass and road that will connect with National Highway No. 91. The 15.3-km long bypass, which will go around Long Xuyên City, will extend from National Highway No. 80 and the Lộ Tẻ intersection to ...

Overseas students shift focus to Australia after Trump election

A website designed to attract international students to Australia has reported a huge spike in hits following the election of ­Donald Trump as the next president of the US. Chris Lester, chief executive of the Good Education Group, said traffic to its Studies in Australia site ...

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