VN calls for more investment from UK
08:27 | 06/01/2018
VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh suggested the British Government encourage businesses to enhance investment in Viet Nam at his reception for British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field in Ha Noi on January 5.

The Deputy PM hailed the outcomes of the 6th Viet Nam-UK Strategic Dialogue in Ha Noi as well as positive developments in the Viet Nam-UK Strategic Partnership.

Mr. Mark Field asserted that the British Government continues giving priority to deepening the bilateral ties more intensively in all areas in the upcoming time.

The Vietnamese leader suggested the two countries coordinate closely in raising the efficiency of the use of capital sourced from the UK Commonwealth Foundation and facilitating Viet Nam’s access to the fund.

Deputy PM Minh also expected that the two Governments will join hands to develop a long-term development roadmap for the Viet Nam-UK Institute for Research and Executive Education and create favorable conditions for Vietnamese students to study in the country.

Earlier on the same day, British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field and Vietnamese Permanent Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son co-chaired the 6th Viet Nam-UK Strategic Dialogue.

The two sides discussed on concrete orientations and measures to advance the Strategic Partnership in a more practical and effective manner, especially in fields of politics-diplomacy, trade-investment, education-training, science-technology and national defense-security, in the context that the two countries are celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (1973-2018).

They agreed to increase the high-level delegation exchanges and contacts and continue effective deployment of the strategic dialogue mechanism on diplomacy, national defense and security.

The two sides agreed to accelerate trade, investment, tourism and culture promotion activities, people-to-people exchanges while strengthening cooperation at international forums such as the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and within the framework of the ASEAN-EU cooperation.

Both sides highlighted economic cooperation as a key pillar of the Viet Nam-UK strategic partnership.

The Vietnamese Government will continue creating favorable conditions for British enterprises to invest in Viet Nam in such areas as infrastructure development, finance-banking, insurance, oil and gas, energy and pharmacy, affirmed Mr. Son.

The two sides agreed to foster education cooperation and realize joint projects to produce high-quality human resources for Viet Nam, effectively implement activities of the Viet Nam-UK Institute for Research and Executive Education in Da Nang University and scientific research projects within the framework of the Newton Program Viet Nam.

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh (R) receives British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ha Noi on January 5, 2017. Photo: VGP

Regarding defense cooperation, Mr. Mark Field affirmed the UK will continue effective implementation of the bilateral cooperation mechanisms and the Defense Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding between the two ministries and support for Viet Nam in participating UN peace-keeping activities.

The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to closely coordinating in fighting organized crimes, human trafficking, illegal migration, and illegal trade of wildlife.

The host and the guest also discussed regional and international issues of common concern, stressing the importance of improving the efficiency of global administration and regional linkages, and the role of international law in resolving global issues.

Concerning the East Sea issue, they called on relevant sides to show their goodwill in implementing international obligations, avoid activities that may complicate the situation and increase tension in the region.

The pair stressed the increasingly important role of ASEAN in maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Both sides agreed that disputes must be solved by peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

By Thuy Dung

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