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UK Foreign Secretary in Vietnam

Released at: 09:09, 12/04/2016

UK Foreign Secretary in Vietnam

Mr. Philip Hammond visiting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from April 12.

by Minh Tuyet

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as part of a tour of Asia.

On April 12 he will meet Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi and also Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, where he will discuss further strengthening the bilateral relationship and working together to address global challenges such as climate change and the illegal wildlife trade.

Mr. Hammond said that the UK is pleased to be supporting Vietnam as it prepares to host the third international conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Hanoi this November.

He will also meet with members of the UK-supported Youth Parliament and visit a bio-refinery project supported by the Newton Fund and the British Council.

Mr. Hammond will travel to Ho Chi Minh City on April 13, where he will meet British enterprises in Vietnam and also visit a construction site of one of the city’s urban rail project to gain a perspective on the project.

His visit is aimed at increasing cooperation in trade and investment, education, science and innovation with Vietnam. “The UK’s relationship with Vietnam reaches across many sectors and we are proud to have contributed to Vietnam’s remarkable performance as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia,” Mr. Hammond said.

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement offers huge opportunities to strengthen trade and investment links, he emphasized.

“Our bilateral trade has more than doubled since 2010, but there is still scope for British enterprises and products to do much better in this market, especially in sectors such as infrastructure, advanced engineering, healthcare, energy, and financial services,” he added.

He also looks forward to discussing opportunities for further collaboration, including on Illegal Wildlife Trade, climate change and security.

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