VIETNAM – UK NETWORK is an umbrella group bringing together organisations and individuals with shared interests in Vietnam to promote Vietnam – UK cooperation across the broad spectrum of the bilateral relationship (including trade, education, trade unions, young professional and cultural activities) to enhance understanding and friendship between citizens and institutions.
The Network was inaugurated on 22nd January 2013 during the historic visit of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (CPV) to the UK and enjoys the support from the Embassy of Vietnam in the UK and corporate sponsorship from British and Vietnamese businesses (VN-UK Network Inauguration Doc).
The establishment of the Network also received endorsement from the Right Honourable Hugo Swire MP, Minister of States for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who sent the Network the following statement: “I fully support the establishment of the Vietnam-UK Network, an umbrella body which brings together existing friendships and organisations, for example in the fields of community, professional and student relations. The UK’s relationship with Vietnam has continued to strengthen since the signing of the Strategic Partnership in 2010, with series of visits in both directions, including by William Hague in 2012, the first UK Foreign Minister to visit Vietnam since 1994, and the visit of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam to the UK in January 2013. I am pleased that in the 40th year of diplomatic relations our relationship continues to go from strength to strength. I believe the Vietnam-UK Network can play an important role to further deepen the links between our two countries, in particular, people to people ties across education, culture, and business. With a growing and young population, Vietnam is an exciting market for the UK. I wish the Network every success for the future and look forward to working with them.”