Australia Awards Alumni’s Contribution to Creating an Enabling Environment for Private Sector in Vietnam


This is the story of Alumna Tran Thi Lan Anh, Master of Development Studies, The University of Queensland.

Ms. Lan Anh is currently the Deputy Secretary General and Director General of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (VCCI) Bureau for Employer’s Activities. The Bureau is a functional department under the VCCI, tasked to advise VCCI’s Standing Committee on the representation role to promote and protect employers’ legitimate interests. In addition, it helps to develop labour-related regulations and policies, and provides professional consulting, training services, and legal education of enterprises and business groups.

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Ms. Anh in a meeting at MOFA. Photo credit: Tran Thi Lan Anh

After completing her Master's program at the University of Queensland in 2008, Ms. Lan Anh returned to Vietnam and actively contributed to VCCI’s efforts in creating an enabling environment for the private sector in Vietnam.

Supporting the business community in the provision of critical perspectives for the development of labour and employment policies and laws

Ms. Lan Anh has been actively engaged in supporting labour-related issues and the improvement of business environment to create favourable conditions for and ensure legal and legitimate rights of enterprises.

The VCCI Bureau for Employers’ Activities managed by Ms. Lan Anh has provided useful inputs into the labour law development process that VCCI participates in as the representative of the business community. Participating in the process of amending the labour code in 2012 and 2019, Ms. Lan Anh applied her knowledge and skills that she obtained during her study in Australia, including labour-related issues, human rights and other issues relevant to Vietnam’s context.

Providing support, training and advisory services to the business community

Lan Anh applied the market economy approach that she learned from Australia to effectively support businesses. She was involved in the design and organisation of training courses based on business needs, which help businesses improve knowledge and skills and comply with the labour laws.

She also participated in training programs, start-up coaching, and strengthening capacity of vocational education schools nationwide. Through these programs, students receive vocational training and learn a start-up module that helps them run their own business and create jobs for the community.

Lan Anh also promoted and provided training for businesses on the requirements of the new-generation free trade agreements such as workers' rights, corporate social and environmental responsibilities. She participated in survey on the current situation of the business community in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, thereby proposing policies to help businesses address challenges in a timely manner.

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Tran Thi Lan Anh on her Master’s graduation day. Photo credit: Lan Anh

Ms. Lan Anh shared: “My study in Australia has benefited me with additional knowledge and skills, and with a network of Australian alumni who share experience and technical knowledge with one another for better work performance. I learned a lot from Australians’ working habits and styles and trained myself to be more professional at work. I was strongly inspired to apply the knowledge and skills upon my return to contribute to my organisation, the business community and home country.”

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