Vietnam-UK Relations Strengthened by People-to-People Exchange

At a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK and Vietnam, British Consul General Emily Hamblin emphasized how important people-to-people exchanges are to strengthening the bond between the two countries. The milestone was marked on September 14, 2013, fifty years since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973.

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People-to-People Exchange: Important Bridge of Vietnam-UK Relations

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City hosted a ceremony on September 14 to mark the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the UK (1973-2023).

At the ceremony in HCM City, the Consul General expressed her hope that Vietnam will achieve its set targets, and that the UK will continue to be a reliable partner of Vietnam and the city in particular in the coming decades.

Hamblin also noted her delight at the close cooperation between the UK and HCM City, especially in financial center and smart city building.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Phan Van Mai stressed that the relationship between Vietnam and the UK has been continuously consolidated and strengthened, both bilaterally and multilaterally, over the past time.

After the elevation of the relationship to a strategic partnership in 2010, many important cooperation frameworks and mechanisms have been formed, the official said.

People-to-People Exchange: Important Bridge of Vietnam-UK Relations

Mai called the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKFTA) signed in 2020 and the UK’s joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in July bright spots of the economic ties.

The agreements have helped drive the two-way trade, which hit $6.8 billion last year, he said, adding that the UK has become Vietnam’s third-largest trade partner in Europe and the 9th biggest importer in the world.

According to the official, progress has been made in cooperation between HCM City – Vietnam’s economic locomotive – and the UK, especially in trade, investment, education, healthcare, tourism, and cultural exchange.

People-to-People Exchange: Important Bridge of Vietnam-UK Relations

As of July, the UK ranked 11th among the more than 120 countries and territories investing in HCM City with 273 projects worth nearly $960 million, he continued.

The British Government has helped HCM City in training public servants, and the two sides are cooperating in a global future cities program, under which the UK provides technical support for HCM City in smart city building, Mai said.

HCM City always welcomes and creates conditions for leaders, businesses, and people of the UK to come to the city, he pledged.