Vietnam and the United Kingdom to Strengthen their Economic Relationship

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HANOI – Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh is currently winding up his diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom. Mr. Ninh explained that the purpose of his trip was to “further bolster the warm relationship with the UK.”

Vietnam and the UK have a long history of cooperation – 2013 saw the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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During his trip to the UK, Mr. Ninh attended meetings with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague where it was agreed that the two nations would foster trade and investment cooperation. Additionally, the UK promised to aid Vietnam in developing a financial market and help to restructure the country’s struggling financial and banking systems. Furthermore, the UK said it would push hard for a conclusion this year for the Vietnam – EU Free Trade Agreement and will back the EU in recognizing Vietnam as a market economy in the near future.

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Secretary Hague also expressed his support to Vietnam for the country’s decision to settle the East Sea dispute by peaceful means and according to international law.

Mr. Ninh also attended a meeting with UK Minister without Portfolio Grant Shapps and representatives from some of the UK’s largest investors.  During the meeting, Mr. Shapps stated that UK businesses are very interested in investment cooperation activities in Vietnam and stressed the need for successful cooperation between the Joint Economic and Trade Committee of Vietnam and the UK. The acceleration of the proposed project for a financial center to be built in Ho Chi Minh City, with the participation of the Canary Wharf Group, was also discussed.

Additionally, Mr. Ninh also attended meetings with the Vietnam Business Forum and met with UK businesses.

Speaking of Deputy Prime Minister Ninh’s trip, the British Ambassador to Hanoi Dr. Antony Stokes stated that “Increasing our trade and investment with Vietnam is one of our strategic goals for the coming five years. And we hope that the visit to the UK by Deputy Prime Minister Ninh will inspire more Vietnamese companies to do business with their UK counterparts and at the same time encourage Vietnamese investment into the UK. Through the visit, we want to show this high level Vietnamese delegation that the UK remains Vietnam’s partner of choice.”

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