UK trade mission to survey Vietnam next week

A UK trade mission will visit Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi from November 16 to 21 to explore business opportunities in the high growth emerging market of Vietnam, the UK Trade and Investment agency has announced.

The agency, which organizes the visit, says the London businesses attending the trade mission will take the opportunity to meet local companies, joint venture partners and financial and government support services.

According to the agency – the Government organization that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK – the principal aims of the mission are to meet leading representatives of Vietnam's business community, to showcase the interests of UK businesses and to update on Vietnam's current business practices and economic strengths.

Members of the mission would also like to learn more of related business and investment opportunities, particularly those involving the private sector, and to update on current business practices, thereby establishing the basis for structuring investment and management partnerships following this visit.

The mission team includes delegates from high profile UK retailers such as Marks & Spencer as well as smaller companies such as Ming Foods, a specialist UK food manufacturer and high level representatives from the UK such as High Growth Markets specialist Dr Andrew Hinton.

UK Trade and Investment says in Ho Chi Minh City, the mission team will organize a seminar on retail subjects and mission participants will also have the opportunity to have one to one meetings with local business contacts during 18 November. The delegation will fly to Hanoi on 19 November for a seminar followed by a series of further one-to-one meetings with local contacts over there, prior to an evening reception at the Ambassador’s residence.

UK Trade and Investment did not say how many companies or businesses will be attending the mission team.

By Tuong Thuy

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