Joint communiqué on sixth UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue

“Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, the Rt Hon Mark Field MP, and Permanent Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son co-chaired the sixth UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue on January 5, 2018 in Hanoi. The Dialogue flowed from the bilateral Strategic Partnership signed in 2010 and was an important moment to assess and steer the Partnership. “Both sides agreed to promote exchange of delegations at various levels, including high-level visits and to enhance the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation mechanisms. There was a shared understanding of the importance of championing and delivering free trade, including the support for early ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and commitment to avoiding any disruption in the growth of bilateral relations following the UK’s exit from the European Union and to ensuring continuity in key areas. Both sides welcomed the further broadening and strengthening of the Strategic Partnership. Bilateral trade and investment continues to expand as the total trade in goods and services increased 22 percent in 2016 reaching 4.8 billion GBP. There was discussion and agreement to further enhance cooperation on improving the business environment in Vietnam, including through the UK’s Prosperity Fund Programme.“Cooperation on education, training, skills, research and innovation remains at the core of the Partnership and is growing strongly. The number of UK Chevening Scholarship places available for Vietnamese applicants has increased significantly in recent years and both sides agreed to work more closely to promote the scheme to applicants from all areas including the public… [Read full story]


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