BBGV was proud to support the recent visit to Vietnam by Dr Liam Fox MP, UK Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.
Dr Fox’s held a number of ministerial meetings, of which, Brexit and future trade relations were a key theme. At the meeting with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the positive messaging from Lord Price’s visit in October that the UK would remain a key trading partner for Vietnam was reinforced. The Prime Minister warmly welcomed Dr Fox’s reassurance that the UK continues to support entry into force of the EU-Vietnam FTA and there was strong ambition from Vietnam to move forward the trade and investment dialogue to facilitate growth following Brexit.
At the meeting with the Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee, Mr Nguyen Thanh Phong, Dr Fox emphasized the goodwill from UK to keep enhancing the cooperation and relationship between the UK and Ho Chi Minh City. Dr Fox and Chairman Phong particularly discussed the UK offer on education, smart cities and infrastructure development.
Also in this visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Dr Fox visited Landmark 81 which once completed will be the tallest building in Vietnam. British companies Atkins, Arup and Mace have all had a leading role in delivering this project.
In the theme of harmonious cooperation between Vietnam and UK, Dr Fox, along with sir Peter Rigby, founder of SCC-Europe’s largest independent IT group, formally opened its second Global Delivery Centre in HCM City. With the support from BBGV for the initial stage, the company is looking at a long term high quality investment in Vietnam with strong plans for further expansion.
Dr Fox’s visit concluded with a keynote address at a reception hosted by the British Business Group in Vietnam and attended by leading UK and Vietnamese businesses, where the Secretary of State outlined to a receptive audience the Government’s vision for the UK in a post-Brexit world.
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