Deputy Prime Minister makes official visit to UK

09:15 | 27/04/2017 Events

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has paid an official visit to the UK from April 24-26, during which he discussed a wide range of issues on bilateral cooperation with UK officials and business leaders.

Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung (L) and the Duke of York Prince Andrew (Photo:

During the meetings, Deputy PM Dung affirmed that Vietnam treasures the strategic partnership with the UK, with stress on cooperation on trade-investment, culture-education, and security-national defence. 

In the economic-trade-investment fields, Deputy PM Dung laid emphasis on the importance of economic cooperation as one of the pillars of the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership.

He underlined that the Vietnamese Government is committed to continuing to create favourable conditions for foreign businesses, including those from the UK, to make investment, transfer technology and engage in long-term business in Vietnam, especially in fields of the UK strength such as finance-banking, insurance, energy, oil and gas, hi-technology and the environment. 

He suggested that the UK Government encourage and support UK businesses to do business with Vietnam by such means as providing preferential loans or sending trade-investment promotion delegations to Vietnam.

He also asked for the UK’s help for Vietnam in improving business environment, responding to climate change and developing infrastructure. 

Deputy PM Dung noted that the two countries have achieved positive outcomes in financial cooperation but they remained modest compared to potential.

He proposed that the UK share experience and help Vietnam in improving the national financial governance and developing the financial market and services.

He also called for strengthening the affiliation between the customs agencies of both countries in fighting tobacco smuggling and violations of intellectual property. 

The Vietnamese Deputy PM also asked the UK to help Vietnam with training high-quality workforce, provide more scholarships for Vietnamese students, and assist the Southeast Asian country in participating in the United Nations peacekeeping activities...

The UK side affirmed the willingness to push forward collaboration and experience sharing regarding financial infrastructure management, green finance, prevention and fight of smuggling and violations of cross-border customs rules, and Public-Private Partnership. 

The Vietnam-UK Network executive committee told Deputy PM Dung that the organisation will continue to work to connect businesses, hold exchanges and popularise Vietnam’s image, thus helping promote cooperation between the countries across the fields of economics, trade, investment, culture and education...