Oct 16, 2012

Vietnam - Vietnam hopes for stronger ties with UK

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam is keen to join the UK in efforts to develop their strategic partnership in every aspect, especially politics-diplomacy, economics, trade, investment, tourism, and education-training.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated this while receiving former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in Hanoi on October 15.

Dung said the visit would strengthen the strategic partnership between Vietnam and the UK, saying that cooperation between both countries is developing positively but has still to match the potential.

He said he hopes that the UK will continue to provide ODA to Vietnam, focusing on developing infrastructure and adapting to climate change.

The PM also values Blair’s offer to share experiences with Vietnam during its reforms and international economic integration.

The former UK PM informed his host of his meeting with students from Vietnam’s Diplomatic Academy, and his discussions with Vietnam’s Foreign Minister, Pham Binh Minh about both countries’ strategic partnership and Vietnam’s economic development.

He said that he is willing to share his experiences with Vietnam to help reform the economy and State-owned enterprises; attract more foreign investment; adapt to climate change; introduce public-private partnerships; develop education and training and ensure environmental protection.

Blair also confirmed that he will do his utmost to foster the strategic partnership that both nations share.

He said he believes that Vietnam will play an increasingly important role in the world and praised ASEAN for its six-point stand on the East Sea issue.

VN, UK to boost multifaceted cooperation

Vietnam wishes to boost cooperation with the UK in economics, trade, investment, education and training, and dealing with climate change for the benefit of the two peoples, and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world at large.

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the statement at a reception in Hanoi on October 15 for former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is on his visit to Vietnam from October 14-15.

Blair said he will continue supporting the UK in strengthening relations with Vietnam and carrying out bilateral agreements in priority fields, especially promoting the exchange of high-ranking delegations on the occasion of the 40 th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties by 2013.

He also vowed to assist Vietnam during its development and economic reforms.

The two sides discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the situation in the Middle East – Northern Africa, Asia-the Pacific, ASEAN, the East Sea and the global economic prospects.

The same day, Blair met with students of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and representatives of domestic press agencies, during which, he urged the Vietnamese businesses to enhance their competitive edge, especially prices and quality of commodities now that Vietnam is a member of the World Trade Organisation.

He suggested that Vietnam work out suitable policies to improve infrastructure, thus creating a healthy competition environment for small and medium-sized enterprises.

VietNamNet/Vietnam Plus

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