HCM City’s leader receives UK Ambassador
16:33 | 20/09/2017

VGP – Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on September 19 in Ho Chi Minh city received UK Ambassador to Viet Nam Giles Lever.

Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan receives UK Ambassador to Viet Nam Giles Lever, Ho Chi Minh city, September 19, 2017

At the reception, Ambassador Lever voiced delight at the growth in cooperation between the UK and Viet Nam.

Highlighting HCM City and Viet Nam’s attractiveness to British investors, he said the British Business Group Viet Nam is developing and wants to expand in the city, particularly in infrastructure development, banking and services.

He noted his country’s readiness to support HCM City in developing a smart city and pushing ahead with cooperation projects. The UK also attaches importance to bilateral cooperation in education-training, investment and trade.

In turn, Nhan appreciated the ambassador’s contributions to UK-Viet Nam ties, including relations between the UK and HCM City.

The UK is one of the biggest investment and trade partners of the southern city of Viet Nam, he noted, explaining that bilateral trade exceeded US$800 million in 2016. The country also ranks 12th among foreign investors in HCM City.

Mr. Nhan expressed his hope Lever would continue to promote HCM City-UK cooperation programmes, including a public-private partnership to build an on-demand examination and treatment section at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital.

He also called for British investment in fields HCM City is focusing on such as education, trade, the city’s financial centre construction, and smart city development.
                                                                                                                                       By Vien Nhu
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