Premier Darrell Dexter will join key players in Nova Scotia’s transportation and education sectors on an Atlantic Gateway trade mission to strengthen ties and forge future business relationships with Vietnam. “Vietnam is rapidly growing as a hub for container traffic and manufacturing and Halifax is well positioned to be a key gateway for the Vietnamese to the North American market,” said Premier Dexter. “There are real opportunities for Vietnam to expand its cargo traffic. This is a significant opening for Nova Scotia.” The mission is being led by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). For Vietnam, the Atlantic Gateway offers the closest all-water connection to North America and connects businesses to a vast transportation network, with quick and cost-effective access to major North American markets. The premier has committed to identify economic opportunities and work to spur economic growth as a priority to improve the fiscal situation in Nova Scotia. During his time in Vietnam, the premier will meet and work with the Vietnamese government and officials to ensure they are aware of Nova Scotia’s assets and how the province can help Vietnam as it expands exports to North America. “This trade mission is an important signal to customers, governments and ports in South East Asia that Atlantic Canada is serious about being a hub of international trade, connecting Asian and North American markets,” says Karen Oldfield, president and chief executive officer, Halifax Port Authority. “We have a window of opportunity to market aggressively and secure more of the trade from emerging markets, such as Vietnam. “With almost half of the containerized cargo handled by the Port of Halifax originating in Asia already, this region is oneof our primary targets for trade growth.” Also, as part of the trade mission, a group of delegates from Nova Scotia’s education sector will be marketing the province’s considerable learning expertise and post-secondary institutions. “The number of Vietnamese students studying abroad is expected to grow by 25 per cent in the coming years,” said Premier Dexter. “As part of this mission, Nova Scotia will be building on the good work that has already done to market the province’s world-class academic institutions to the people of Vietnam.” “EduNova is pleased to be part of the delegation travelling to Vietnam because this mission provides a great opportunity to establish important education and training connections and to lend support to the connections with Vietnam that are being established through the Atlantic Gateway initiative,” said Ava Czapalay, president of EduNova, a not-for-profit association of universities, community colleges, secondary schools and private training organizations. “Nova Scotia is known as Canada’s learning province and building education and training into provincial trade and investment activity is a smart move.” About 1.5 million people enter the workforce every year in Vietnam and there is a shortage of skilled workers. There is a significant market for Nova Scotia-based education and workforce training in Vietnam. The Atlantic Gateway trade mission will take place from Sunday, Nov. 29, to Thursday, Dec. 3 in Ho-Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and Hanoi. Premier Dexter will join representatives from the Port of Halifax, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Atlantic Gateway Council, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie University, and EduNova.
Since Operation Sovereign Borders began in 2013, every attempted people smuggling venture from Sri Lanka to Australia has failed. This MOU demonstrates the resolve of both countries to see that success continue.The agreement will also see further cooperation between the two nations on countering human trafficking, stopping the movement of illicit goods and targeting money laundering and proceeds of crime. Training and cooperation in Australia and Sri Lanka will give officers from both agencies the opportunity to strengthen their skills across these areas and foster closer working relationships.Australia has a long history of successful cooperation with Sri Lanka on people smuggling and a range of other transnational crimes. Today’s agreement provides a strong indication that this type of cooperation is set to continue and expand. (Colombo Gazette) Australia’s strong and cooperative relationships with international partners including Sri Lanka are an important part of Australia’s multi-layered approach to combating people smuggling and preventing people from risking their lives on illegal boat voyages to Australia. Australia and Sri Lanka have today dealt a blow to people smugglers operating in the region through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) enabling even closer cooperation between the two countries on counter-people smuggling, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.The MOU will facilitate the return to Sri Lanka of people who are involved in people smuggling activities. It also paves the way for enhanced information sharing on methods for tracking, intercepting and investigating people smugglers. The MOU was signed at a ceremony in Canberra by Department of Immigration and Border Protection Secretary Michael Pezzullo and Sri Lankan Secretary for Defence Kapila Mudantha Waidyaratne.