On November 7, 2016，the Sixth National Governance System and Governance Capacity Building Program was held in Canberra. The Program was jointly organised by the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the Chinese Academy of Governance and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop, and H.E.Ambassador Cheng Jingye attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches.
In her speech, Minister Julie Bishop expressed warm congratulations on the opening of the Program, commending this training program on becoming one of the main pillars of Australia-China relations. Minister Bishop spoke highly of the development of Australia-China relations in recent years and the pragmatic cooperative results achieved in various fields between the two countries. She noted that Australia is willing to actively develop relations with China to promote bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Ambassador Cheng Jingye noted that China-Australia relations have made significant progress in recent years, creating tangible benefits for the two peoples. The mutually beneficial training of senior civil servants between China and Australia has become a landmark project in the political exchanges and cultural cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Cheng hoped that the participants of the Program would make full use of the training resources to further exchanges and enhance mutual trust in order to contribute to the promotion of pragmatic cooperation in various fields between the two countries.
The Hon Barnaby Joyce, Australian Deputy Prime Minister, met with all the participants of the program during their stay in Canberra. The Hon Simon Birmingham, Australian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator, and other dignitaries attended the welcoming dinner and delivered speeches.
The ‘Advanced National Governance System and Governance Capacity Building Program’, jointly held by the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the Chinese Academy of Governance and the ANZSOG, has been successfully delivered annually since 2011. A total of 24 trainees from the central and local government departments participated in the program this year. In addition to Canberra, the program participants will also visit Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.