Australian Business Awards Recognize Excellence

AusCham president Andrew Currie (R) hands the Young Starters Business award to the winners. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AusCham) has wrapped up this year’s Australian Business Awards program for Australian and Vietnamese companies, as well as Vietnamese individuals.

The award ceremony was held at the New World Hotel Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City on December 1. VIPs at the night ceremony, which finished one hour before midnight, included Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell, Australian Consul General in HCM City Mal Skelly, and Mr. Luong Van Ly, deputy director of the city’s Department of Planning and Investment.

The Australian Ambassador commended AusCham on all it has done to promote Australian business interests in Viet Nam, and on the ideas for the awards.

“The awards help build a strong sense of unity within the Australian business community in Viet Nam, and are becoming bigger and bigger even each year,” said the Australian Ambassador.

The highlight of the night, and the most popular award went to the AusCham Young Starters Business Grant, won by Nguyen Thien Thanh and Nguyen Xuan Truong for their online healthcare website project called Suc Khoe 360.

Thanh and Truong, students at RMIT International University Viet Nam, submitted a plan to set up the website aiming at improving the community health by raising awareness if disease prevention. The woman and the man won US$5,000 – the seed funding for their project.

In awarding the award, AusCham president Andrew Currie said, “This award is designed to help uncover the future entrepreneurs in Viet Nam, and help develop and promote young Vietnamese business people.”

Michael Mann of RMIT Viet Nam gets the ANZ Business Excellence Award. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Meanwhile, the winners’ university, RMIT Viet Nam, won the ANZ Business Excellence Award. RMIT Viet Nam president Michael Mann, former Australian Ambassador in Ha Noi, expressed his deep thanks to the judges and the award sponsor – the ANZ Bank.

Tan Uc Viet Co., Ltd, a Vietnamese company, earned the Austrade Importer Award.

Aussie company Midway Metals won the Linfox Business Innovation Award. Viet Nam’s Dong Tam Tiles Co. obtained the BlueScope Steel Manufacturing Award, and Norfolk Group won the Foster’s Viet Nam Hospitality and Tourism Award.

Finally, the International School Ho Chi Minh City took the Community Service Award.

Other finalists in the Young Starters Business Grant category were Le Lam Huy, Nguyen Thien Thanh and Nguyen Xuan Truong for a healthy eating dietary advice website; a proposal to manufacture bio-diesel from old cooking oil by Dang Phi Yen, a home stay travel agency by Nguyen Hoang Trung Tin; and a hope school for autistic children by Nguyen Huu Xuan Hong.

All finalists become eligible for in-kind prizes.

AusCham president Andrew Currie said, “The business links between Australia and Viet Nam reflect their relationship which is strong, vibrant and growing.”

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Reported by Tuong Thuy

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