Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Vietnam-UK diplomatic relations

(London 9th October 2018) The Vietnam-UK Network, jointly with the Vietnam Embassy held a day of celebrations and business meetings attended by a large delegation led by H.E. Mr Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs (DPM). During the afternoon the DPM spoke at a Business Forum hosted by UKABC, with the UK government representatives, Baroness Rona Fairhead, Minister of State at the Department for International Trade, and Ed Vaizey MP, the Prime Ministers Business Ambassador to Laos Cambodia and Vietnam.  The event was attended by over 200 leading businesses and government officials.

An evening reception, hosted jointly by Paul Smith, Vice Chairman, Vietnam- UK Network and HE the Ambassador of Vietnam was held at Central Hall Westminster. Featuring a photographic exhibition and cultural performances displaying the traditions and modernity of Vietnam, it was watched by over 300 guests.

DPM Minh spoke of the long and growing bilateral relationship both in trade, now at over £6.2b, and in international  security, where the UK and Vietnam are working together in a number of projects. The Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, spoke of the progress of the UK free trade discussions with Vietnam and both governments’ joint determination to deepen relations and encourage UK companies to look to Vietnam as a trading and investment partner.

On behalf of The President of Vietnam DPM Minh conferred the Friendship Order on Ben Chapman, Honorary President of the VN-UK Network and the Friendship Medal on Paul Smith, Vice Chairman of the VN-UK Network, Katrin Kandel, CEO of Facing the World, and, in absentia, Warwick Morris, Executive Chairman of the VN-UK Network.

The Vietnam-UK Network is a bilateral network dedicated to promoting trade and cultural understanding between the two countries. The Network is becoming increasingly important and influential with governments of both countries and has stimulated and assisted many businesses and education organisations to trade and invest in Vietnam.

If you wish to join and become involved in the Vietnam-UK Network please contact paul.smith@pascomconsulting.com  or info@vietnamuknetwork.org.uk