Vietnam, Australia to study integration, poverty

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Australian and Vietnamese experts will collaborate on an economic integration and poverty assimilation study, according to a Wednesday release from the Australia Embassy in Hanoi.

The Australian School of Taxation at the University of New South Wales will work with the Vietnam Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN) on international economic integration, child poverty and transfer policy in Vietnam.

Meanwhile the Center for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University and the Vietnam Institute for Trade managed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade will consider global economic crises, Australia-Vietnam trade, and regional integration.

The two projects are among 24 successful international applicants to the 2010 grants provided through the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Academies Program at the Australian International Science Linkages.

"These grants will strengthen linkages between respected Australian and Vietnamese researchers on issues of mutual interest, including Australia-Vietnam trade integration and poverty reduction," Australian Chargé d'affaires Vanessa Wood said.

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, chief economist at DEPOCEN, one of Vietnam's leading independent research organizations, said the grants give Vietnam "great potential" to learn from Australian partners.

Established in 2005, DEPOCEN conducts research on a wide range of socio-economic issues. The center has strong links with Australia, with several members having completed Australian postgraduate courses on Australian scholarships.

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