Prince Andrew, Duke of York on Oct. 12 visited Ho Chi Minh City during his five-day official visit to Vietnam from Oct. 9.
Meeting with Deputy Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Trung Tin, the UK Prince expressed his interest in Ho Chi Minh City ’s socio-economic development.
The Prince discussed the development of transport infrastructure, including the construction of metro routes and moving ports away from the inner city. He also touches upon education and training, the development of human resources and infrastructure for education and health care.
He said many UK businesses wanted to invest in infrastructure development in HCM City .
Prince Andrew also said he was ready to support HCM City ’s contribution to the implementation of pacts between the two countries and raise UK-Vietnam cooperation to a new level.
He expressed his wish that the Hanoi-based UK University in Vietnam would open an institution in HCM City to help train personnel for the city.
For his part, Tin said infrastructure as well as education and health care are always the city’s major concerns and it wants to learn from UK experiences and receive assistance from the UK in the fields of education and training, financial markets, information technology and administrative reform.
Investment from the UK in HCM City had increased in recent years, making up 25 percent of the country’s total investment in Vietnam, worth over 600 million USD.
Tin expressed his belief that cooperation and investment from the UK to Vietnam , particularly HCM City , would increase in the future. He expressed his hope that Prince Andrew would contribute to facilitating British businesses to invest in Vietnam and help Vietnamese enterprises and products to enter the UK market./.