Vietnamese national honoured in Australia

The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) has conferred Victoria’s Multicultural Award for Excellence 2011 on the President of the Vietnam Business Association in Australia (VBAA), Tran Ba Phuc.

The annual award was established in 2004 to recognize great contributions by outstanding individuals, organizations and government agencies that promote the social, economic and cultural benefits of Victoria’s multicultural community.

The VMC said that Mr Phuc was nominated for the award due to his remarkable achievements in promoting the cultural diversity of the community in Victoria.

In addition, over the years, the VBAA has actively served as a bridge for the exchange of trade and information between Australian and Vietnamese business circles.

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency in Sydney, Mr Phuc said the award is a great encouragement for all overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese entrepreneurs in Australia who have contributed to developing a multicultural society in the country and maintaining national cultural identity for the prosperity of the multicultural community in Victoria.

The award ceremony was held on December 14 with the participation of Victoria’s senior officials and 500 members of the multicultural community in the state.

The Vietnamese community, numbering around 300,000, is the fifth largest among foreign communities in Australia and has become an important part of the multicultural society in Australia, contributing to developing the relations between Australia and Vietnam.