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David Cameron to pay first visit

Released at: 10:18, 28/07/2015

David Cameron to pay first visit

UK PM in Vietnam from July 29 to 30.

by Minh Tuyet

UK Prime Minister David Cameron will pay his first visit to Vietnam from July 29 to 30, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The visit is aimed at discussing solutions to bolster the partnership between the two countries, with potential cooperation to be enhanced in a wide range of areas such as technology, banking and finance, education and training, and national defense. The two countries will also discuss mutual support at international forums.

PM Cameron will meet PM Dung and visit Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Truong Tan Sang.

The two PMs will witness signing ceremonies in aviation, finance and petroleum projects. Mr. Cameron will then visit Ho Chi Minh City to attend a workshop on enhancing the competitive capacity of enterprises and will visit the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, Bitexco, and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology.

Diplomatic relations were established between the two countries in 1973 and have made significant progress since, especially with a strategic partnership created in 2010 in seven fields: politics and diplomacy, regional and global issues, trade and investment, development cooperation, education, training and technology, national defense, and public diplomacy.

Bilateral trade in 2014 was almost $4.5 billion and FDI into Vietnam was $8.13 billion, ranking the country 16th out of the 101 countries and territories investing in Vietnam.

There are about 11,000 Vietnamese citizens studying in the UK and there are many educational organizations and centers from the UK in Vietnam, together with linked programs between Vietnamese and UK universities.

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