Ambassador Mudie’s Vietnam journey began when she started learning the Vietnamese language to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the country’s history and political development while studying South-East Asia for her Honours degree at the University of Adelaide. She subsequently joined the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1990 and was posted to the Australian Embassy in Hanoi as Second Secretary from 1993 to 1995 before returning 24 years later as Ambassador in 2019. Ambassador Mudie says ACIAR has provided great moments of inspiration and wonderful memories during her time in the country.
It was on a recent visit to Vietnam’s mountainous north-west that she saw first-hand an example, she says, of the excellent way in which ACIAR supports projects that help local farming communities.
The project, which began in 2017, aims to improve livestock production and is helping farmers move away from less efficient wild grazing practices to producing large-scale feed that can be stored for long periods.
‘These new, more intensive techniques enable farmers to maintain their herds throughout the year, even at times when feed is not readily available,’ explains Ambassador Mudie.
‘It’s important work because it builds a much more sustainable economic model for the community.’
It’s projects like these that help strengthen the strategic partnership between Australia and Vietnam, says the Ambassador.
She adds that this work is so critical because it helps people in the region – one of the country’s poorest – to generate reliable livelihoods for themselves. Generating positive outcomes and tangible results is important to the Ambassador; she says she wants to ensure the relationship with Vietnam and Australia delivers real benefits and builds enduring and deep relationships, such as the one she has developed over time with the country.
We have been working closely with Vietnam for over 5 decades across 3 core pillars of security cooperation, economic engagement and innovation.
Ms Robyn Mudie
Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam
‘We find that these 3 pillars really support a strong and sustainable future for this country and we are highly committed to continuing our engagement with Vietnam across all of them.’