British Minister of State to visit Vietnam

British Minister of State, Jeremy Browne, will be in Vietnam this week to further strengthen Vietnam – UK bilateral ties in foreign policy, education, trade and investment.

His first stop will be Ho Chi Minh City where he will meet the British business community and call on the Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to follow up on key issues discussed in the recent visit by the Lord Mayor.

The Minister will then follow an intensive agenda for two days in Hanoi on April 6 and 7.  He will lead the UK delegation in a bilateral foreign policy dialogue hosted by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nguyen Quoc Cuong. The two sides expect to discuss key regional and international issues including Doha, ASEAN and the current situation in Libya and Burma. 
The Minister will deliver a speech on “The role of media” at the Academy of Journalism and Communication to 200 students on April 6. Do Quy Doan, Vice Minister for Information and Communications will be present at the event, which is open to local media.

On the same day, he will have other important meetings with Mr. Hoang Binh Quan, Chairman of External Relations Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Lt. Gen Tran Dai Quang, Vice Minister of Public Security and Chief Executive of Vietnam Airlines. Of great importance, will a discussion of direct flights to London from Vietnam, planned to commence before the end of the year and in time for the Olympic and Para Olympic Games in the UK in 2012.

The Minister will call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Gia Khiem to raise a number of important trade issues, especially banking licences, PPP projects and real estate investments. He will host a dinner for Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan to discuss education cooperation particularly in the UK - Vietnam state university at Da Nang. 

Mr. Jeremy Browne will also attend the launch of the UKTI/Rolls Royce/British Council project, which aims to provide support for management and leadership skills to Vietnamese State Owned Enterprises.

As a follow up on the visit of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the Ministerial visit is the second high-level British visit in three weeks. Such visits build on the enhanced relationship under the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in September 2010.  They demonstrate a stronger commitment on both sides to elevate relations to the highest level. 

By Uyen Phuong

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